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Ferocious Ferrero wins Mercedes Open

HARD WON:The decisive win was Ferrero’s 16th ATP title and the Spaniard said that he found the victory all the more satisfying after overcoming several injuries

Reuters, BERLIN

Pablo Andujar of Spain returns to compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero during their match in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, playing only his third tournament of the year, demolished fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar to win the Stuttgart Open on Sunday.

Ferrero, who has dropped from 28th to 85th in the ATP rankings in a year plagued by knee and wrist injuries, won the rain-delayed final between the two non-seeds 6-4, 6-0.

It was the 16th ATP title of his career, although the 31-year-old won 11 of those between 1999 and 2003.

“When I got here, I never thought that one week later I would leave Stuttgart as the winner,” he told reporters. “The past few months have been extremely hard for me because of injuries, which has made this all the more satisfying.”

Ferrero, 31, was world No. 1 for eight weeks in 2003, the year he won the French Open. His career has never since reached those heights, although he put together a 14-match unbeaten run last year, winning successive tournaments in Buenos Aires and Costa da Sauipe.

Andujar, 25, was attempting to win the third title of his career.

There were three service breaks in the first six games, with Ferrero taking a 2-0 and 4-2 lead.

Andujar saved two set points at 3-5, before Ferrero clinched the set with an ace. Ferrero broke again in the first game of the second set and never looked back as Andujar lost his nerve, winning only 15 points and serving four double faults.

SWEDISH OPEN

AFP, BASTAD, SWEDEN

Sweden’s Robin Soderling easily won the ATP Swedish Open on Sunday by beating Spain’s David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2.

After rain delayed the start of the match by two hours, Soderling needed just 67 minutes to dispatch his opponent as he carried over the form he showed in crushing Czech Tomas Berdych in Saturday’s semi-final.

The win is Soderling’s fourth tournament triumph of the year following victories in Brisbane, Rotterdam and Marseille.

It is also his second Swedish Open crown, having also won in 2009, and the 10th ATP title of his career.

“It went well today. It’s absolutely fantastic to be here. I’m already looking forward to next year,” the smiling world No. 5 said as he collected his prize.

Ferrer congratulated Soderling, admitting that he “didn’t have a chance.”

“I’ll come back next year and try to win then. Robin has played incredibly well this week. It was a well-deserved victory,” the TT news agency quoted him as saying.

Top seed Soderling crushed Ferrer to take the first set in only 30 minutes and while the -Spaniard, seeded two, showed some signs of life in the second set, this was a comfortable win for the home favorite.

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