Ferrer and Dulko win Acapulco titles
David Ferrer claimed back-to-back titles at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open, beating compatriot Nicolas Almagro in a thrilling final.
With both men excelling on their favoured clay surface, it was no surprise that the Acapulco crowd were treated to three sets, Ferrer eventually grinding out a 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 6-2 victory. In a match lasting nearly three hours, Ferrer's consistency proved key as the players shared 10 breaks of serve.
Four of those came in the opening set, leading to a tiebreaker as the Spanish duo traded blow for blow. Ferrer stole the upper hand, taking the breaker 7-4 thanks to some nerveless strokeplay from the back of the court.
Almagro had been seeking a third straight triumph on the ATP Tour, and it was he who made the majority of the running in the second set, creating four break points but only converting one. Another breaker beckoned, but this time is was the third seed who won it to take the match into a decider.
Play had now lurched into a third hour, testing the physical conditioning of both men, and Ferrer handled the test in superior fashion to his foe, breaking three times for an 11th career title.
In the women's final, Argentina's Gisela Dulko overcame Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3 7-6(5) to win her first WTA Tour title in nearly three years.
Last edited by DexteR; 27-02-2011 at 05:00 PM.