World No. 5 David Ferrer won his third consecutive title in Buenos Aires, when he defeated Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini in straight sets on Sunday afternoon. The win made him the first player to achieve the hat-trick of Copa Claro titles.
The Spaniard, who did not drop a set en route to the title, withstood a break in each set to topple Fognini 6-4, 6-3, ending a seven-match losing streak in ATP World Tour title finals. Fognini, who was competing in his fifth consecutive clay court final, was simply unable to match Ferrer’s skills on court and will now drop to 0-7 against the Spanish No. 2.
“The key was I played consistent all the match, very solid, and in important moments I played better than Fabio,” said Ferrer. “I’m happy for my new title. The last seven finals I lost, and this time I can change my luck so I’m happy for that. I try to always do my best and finally I can win again another title.”
Ferrer earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $84,060, while Fognini cashed in 150 points and $44,270.