Home comforts for Ferrer
Top seed David Ferrer won his sixth title of the season at his hometown tournament, the Valencia Open, on Sunday.
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The Spaniard saw off Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1 3-6 6-4 to justify favouritism.
Ferrer had tasted success in Valencia in 2008 and 2010 and looked on course for another title when he took the opening set with service breaks in the fourth and sixth games.
But after dropping the second set in his semi-final against Croatian qualifier Ivan Dodig, he would have been feeling the pressure again when Dolgopolov also staged a fightback in the final, racing into 3-0 lead in the second and going onto level affairs.
However, the 30-year-old Ferrer kept his cool to win the deciding set in front of his home support, staving off break points at 3-3 before breaking Dolgopolov in what turned out to be the final game.
Ferrer said: "It's always very difficult to play at home. I knew it would be more difficult to win the title again.
"I want to dedicate the victory to Juan Carlos Ferrero on his farewell (the former world number retired during the tournament). He has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player."
Dolgopolov was left ruing missed chances.
"I couldn't take advantage of my opportunities in the third set," he said.
"He took his chances and broke my serve with new balls. I'm happy to have reached the final, but maybe today I played worse."