David Ferrer claims his fourth win and enters the record books
Emerson even emailed Ferrer earlier in the week to wish him luck for the tournament ahead.
The Spaniard won the first set in a tiebreak before stamping his authority on the match in the second set to win 6-1.
The top seed was happy to win his semifinal in straight sets yesterday which he believed would allow him greater recovery for today’s match and today he was unstoppable.
The normally self-contained 30-year-old was exuding excitement after his win.
“I won in Auckland again and now I want to enjoy this moment because it is very special to me. And then tomorrow I will go to Melbourne and I will practice again.”
Such is the life of a professional tennis player.
Luck was not on Philipp Kohlschreiber’s side. He hoped to replicate his win of 2008 when he beat Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, but the world no.5 proved to be too strong.
“I had a pretty good start, it’s very hard to play against David, and he never gives up. He gives you one more shot all the time and I think I played unbelievably. I didn’t take the first set and he raised his level and that’s why I think the second set was over so quickly,” said Kohlschreiber.
A very humble and gracious Kohlschreiber committed to come back again next year for the tenth time. There is one flaw in his plan to return however.
He commented, “The tournament is great, I really love it here, the only problem is he (Ferrer) is always coming back.”
Ferrer was quick to jokingly retaliate, “I’m sorry for Philipp but if I am not injured I’ll be coming back next year.”