Top-seed David Ferrer of Spain won the Copa Claro title in Buenos Aires for the third straight year on title after he defeated number two seed Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.
The world number five is etering the final with a seven-match losing streak in title rounds. This became his first title since winning the same a year ago and became his 21st career title overall.
“The key was I played consistent all the match, very solid, and in important moments I played better than Fabio,” said Ferrer.
Ferrer has done a three-peat of titles in other tournaments – from 2010 to 2012 in Acapulco and from 2011 to 2013 in Auckland.
“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 goes home with $84,060 plus 250 ranking points successfully defended while Fognini goes home with $44,270 and 150 ranking points. Fognini won the claycourt title in Vina del Mar, Chile last weekend.
“It’s always difficult to play against him because he’s a really good fighter, but I’m still happy because it was another great week for me,” Fognini said. “I played my second final in two weeks. I’m in a good way. Now it’s time to rest, recover well and see you in Rio.”
The finalists will have little time to rest as they proceed to the inaugural Rio Open next week which is an ATP 500 tournament.
“Of course I’m happy and confident with my game because I won a new [title], but now I will like to enjoy tonight and tomorrow to be focused for Rio de Janeiro,” said Ferrer. “It’s going to be a new tournament, a big tournament also, and I hope to play similar to this week.”
Top seeds Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers won the men’s doubles title after defeating Horacio Zeballos and Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-4.