David Ferrer downs Stanislas Wawrinka, retains Copa Claro title
Buenos Aires, Argentina (4E Sports) – World No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain successfully defended his Copa Claro title, beating third seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, Sunday for his 20th ATP World Tour trophy.
After dropping the second set, Ferrer regrouped to snatch back the momentum, winning the final five games of the match to prevail in one hour and 45 minutes.
The 30-year-old Spaniard improved his head-to-head record against Wawrinka to 7-3.
With his 10th clay-court crown, Ferrer moved into a third-place tie with Nikolay Davydenko and Roger Federer for the most titles on the surface among active players.
Ferrer also repeated as champion for the second time this season, after winning his third successive title at the Heineken Open in Auckland. Ferrer has improved his 2013 record by winning 17 out of 19 matches.
Meanwhile, third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point en route to a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over top seed Tomas Berdych in the final of the Open 13 in Marseille.
“This is a great victory,” said Tsonga, who won his 10th ATP Tour crown, seven from indoor events. “I stayed in the match even when it was very difficult and waited for my chance. I survived and took my chance when it came.”
With the win, Tsonga ended a three-game losing streak to Berdych.
Trailing 5-6 in the second set tie-break, Tsonga hit back-to-back aces to reach set point before leveling the match at one set each.
Tsonga broke Berdych for the first time to take a 2-1 lead in the third set and never looked back, tasting victory in two hours and 10 minutes.
Tsonga finished with 17 aces to claim his second title in Marseille, adding to his triumph in 2009.
On the women’s side, top seed Jelena Jankovic defeated Paula Ormaechea, 6-1, 6-2, to bag the Copa Claro Colsanitas title Sunday.
Jankovic, pushed to the limit in two of her first four matches in the tournament, made short work of Ormaechea, beating the Argentine in just one hour and 14 minutes.
Jankovic collected her 13th WTA title but only her first in three years, with her last coming at Indian Wells in 2010.
After that, Jankovic had lost all five of her finals in Rome in 2010, Monterrey and Cincinnati in 2011 ad Birmingham and Dallas in 2012.