David Ferrer had to battle through three sets against Alexandr Dolgopolov, but has run out a deserved winner of Valencia Open 2012 in the end.
To the joy of the home crowd, top seed Ferrer capped off his fine tennis performance this week with his third Valencia Open title, he was previously victorious in 2008 and 2010. Both finalists defended a few break points in the opening stages of the match before the Spaniard took the initiative and got his nose in front by 3-1. He confirmed the break with a love game, seized unseeded Dolgopolov’s serve again and was serving for the set at 5-1. The Ukrainian has given up on the opener by then and Ferrer converted his second set point.
Dolgopolov was eager to improve on this year’s ATP finals efficiency – he was a runner up in Brisbane and champion in Washington – and it was him who generated the only break point in the following set. He took advantage of it and obtained a 3-0 lead. With the help of an outstanding serving performance – he produced three consecutive love holds – he preserved his one break advantage until the end of the second set.
The decider was a battle of nerves with Ferrer being under pressure of conquering the home event. He managed to escape a crucial double break point scare at 3-3. Dolgopolov needed to hold a serve at 5-4 to stay a contender for the Valencia trophy, yet he only made it as far as 30-15. The Spaniard turned around the game, grabbed a break as well as the deciding set for a very emotional 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 final victory. This is 30-year-old Ferrer’s sixth title of the year and seventeenth in his career.