David Ferrer beats Nico Almagro to lift the title in Sweden

July 15, 2012

ATP Tennis News

David Ferrer has lifted his fifth title of the season. (Photo credit AFP)

SkiStar Swedish Open, Bastad, Sweden – Like a fine wine, top seed David Ferrer gets better with age as he lifted his fifth title of the year on Sunday in Bastad against friend and compatriot Nicolas Almagro with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 win.

David Ferrer was quick out of the starting blocks today and looked in no mood to waste any time as he bossed the rallies and played aggressively from the onset.  The 30-year old top seed broke in the sixth game in the all-Spanish final and did not allow Almagro back into the set, which he readily snatched at 6-2.

The second set served up more of the same for Ferrer as once again he broke Almagro who has been struggling with a shoulder and arm injury this week early on in the second and Almagro could do little more but watch on in amazement as Ferrer pounded the ball with heavy topspin and used all areas of the court to pull his opponent out wide and off balance.  The Spanish No.2 broke Almagro once again before wrapping up the match 6-2, 6-2.

Ferrer has an extraordinary head to head against Almagro, having won on all 11 occasions that they have met and after his victory in Bastad, David Ferrer joins Roger Federer with 5 titles in 2012 – more titles this year than in previous years.

During the trophy presentation Almagro joked:

“I never beat you. Maybe I can do it the next time. I can try, you never know what might happen!”

David Ferrer was clearly delighted with his victory today after claiming another title and confessed he would love to come back and play at the tournament once again in 2013, although he is not sure how many more times he will:

“I would like to come back next year and I don’t know how many times I will play tennis, but next year I’d like to come back here.”

After the match and having thanked his physio on court during the presentation ceremony, Almagro took to Twitter to tweet a photograph of his evidently injured arm and shoulder:

Almagro tweeted this picture after the final.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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