Top seed David Ferrer matched Roy Emerson’s record after capturing his 4th crown at the Heineken Open in Auckland. Ferrer needed two sets to defeat German Philipp Kohlschreiber, prevailing 7-6 (5) 6-1.
Kohlschreiber, who won this tournament in 2008, got off to a better start in the final, taking the Spaniard’s serve in the third game. After Ferrer managed to strike back in the 8th game, levelling the score at 4-4, the German’s response was swift – he broke his opponent once more to give himself a chance to serve for the set. But as he failed to capitalise, the Spaniard got the upper hand in the ‘breaker’ to take a lead in the match.
The German’s resistance seemed to have broken in the second set and Ferrer didn’t hesitate to take this opportunity. After breaking Kohlschreiber three times, he wrapped up the set in just 24 minutes to win the 19th ATP Tour title of his career.