Leonardo Mayer shocks David Ferrer, bags Hamburg crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Hamburg, Germany (4E Sports) – World No. 46 Leonardo Mayer bagged his first ATP World Tour title after beating top seed David Ferrer, 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4), in the final of the bet-at-home Open Sunday.

“I can’t believe it,” said Mayer. “I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on this surface. I’m really happy and it still hasn’t sunk in that I won.”

Mayer is the fourth first-time singles winner on the ATP World Tour this year, following Federico Delbonis, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Cuevas.

He also became the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won the Citi Open in Washington in 2011.

The 27-year-old Mayer twice squandered a break advantage in the first set before Ferrer clinched the first set via tie-break. However, Mayer maintained his high level in the second set and two service breaks saw him level the match.

Mayer served for the match at 5-4 in the decider, but was broken back to 30 as Ferrer fought back. Mayer retained his focus for the subsequent tie-break and closed out victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

“He was better in the match,” said Ferrer. “I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressive than me and nothing else.”

On the women’s side, top seed Caroline Wozniacki won a title for the seventh straight year after beating Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-1, in the final of the Istanbul Cup.

Wozniacki needed just 67 minutes to claim her 22nd career title and first of 2014. She has won at least one tournament every year since 2008, but Sunday’s triumph was just her second in the past two years.

“I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title. it’s a great feeling,” said Wozniacki. “I’ve had a good week and am feeling good on hardcourts, which is great moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Mona Barthel bagged her first title of the year via a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Chanelle Scheepers in the final of the Swedish Open.

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