Latest 14 Jan 2012

Ferrer retains Heineken Open title

Ferrer retains Heineken Open title

David Ferrer is a three-time Heineken Open champion.

The Spaniard won his third title on Saturday in a battle against two opponents - Olivier Rochus of Belgium and Auckland weather.

Play was disrupted during the second game of the match, and when the players returned Rochus was forced to serve at deuce and he was immediately broken. Rains came again when Ferrer tried to serve out the first set at 5-3, and he had three set points elude him before rain sent the players off the court again. When play resumed, he managed to hold on and take the set 6-3.

The second set saw better weather and better tennis. Rochus went down an early break but evened things at 4-4 and both players wowed the crowd with amazing rallies and fight. But the top seed and world #5 was too good for the Belgian and he won the title 6-3 6-4. 

A jubilant Ferrer fell to the ground in victory in celebration of his third win here. The Spaniard said afterward it was his most best of his three Auckland victories. "This is the most special as every year is more difficult because I am older," he said.

Ferrer said he always enjoys playing in Auckland, "It's one of the best tournaments as it's full of people who like tennis."

The Spaniard won the Heineken Open in 2007 and again in 2011.

He said he feels very confident going into Melbourne, but he'll keep his celebrations lowkey tonight, "I have no time to celebrate. I will have dinner and drink only one Heineken tonight."