David Ferrer claims Malaysian Open title with win over Feliciano Lopez

Published: Sunday 4th October 2015 by The News Editor

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David Ferrer saw off fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in two tight sets to win the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Ferrer was playing in the 50th ATP World Tour-level final of his career, the only active player to reach the landmark outside of the ‘big four’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, and victory means he has won exactly half of them.

The top seed went a service break down in the first set but quickly hit back and then forced two set points on Lopez’s serve, taking the first to close out a 38-minute set 7-5.

He continued his momentum by winning the first game of the second set and then going 0-40 up on Lopez’s serve, but the second seed dug deep to earn a tough hold.

Serving at 3-4, Lopez saved three more break points before winning the game with an ace – but it was only a temporary reprieve as Ferrer once more turned up the heat when it mattered most, taking his eighth break point of the set to again avoid a tie-break and win 7-5 7-5.

It was Ferrer’s fourth title of the season and his third on a hard court, following wins on similar surfaces in Doha in January and Acapulco in February. He also won in Rio de Janeiro in February on his preferred clay court.

Published: Sunday 4th October 2015 by The News Editor

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