Ferrer beats Almagro to win Copa Claro

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 25, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays a forehand in his second round match against David Ferrer of Spain during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
David Ferrer won the Copa Claro on Sunday, coming from behind to defeat defending champion Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Spanish final. It is 13th ATP tour title for the fifth-ranked Ferrer, who also won in January at Auckland, New Zealand. Coming in the final, Ferrer hadn't dropped a set all week. But he couldn't recover after losing serve at 2-1 in the opening set at Lawn Tennis Club. Ferrer, who had been runner-up in Argentina in 2010, broke to open the second set and held serve throughout to force a decider. The second-seeded Almagro had a chance to break in the second game of the third set, but Ferrer held and broke in the next game and again at 3-1 to improve to 9-0 against the Spaniard. The 11th-ranked Almagro was trying to win his 12th ATP title, and second in consecutive weeks after defending his title at the Brazil Open last weekend. Ferrer beat home-crowd favorite David Nalbandian of Argentina to reach the final at the clay-court tournament, while Almagro defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
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