13 Jan 2013

Ferrer wins another Heineken Open title

12:06 pm on 13 January 2013

Spanish top seed David Ferrer has won the Heineken Open men's tennis tournament in Auckland, beating German second seed Phillip Kohlschreiber in straight sets in the final.

Ferrer, the world number five, won the first set in a tie break and took the second set 6-1.

It is Ferrer's fourth Heineken Open title and third in a row and that equals the record of the Australian great Roy Emerson.

AAP reports that Ferrer won the match on Saturday in one hour 18 minutes but did not have everything his own way, having to come back from two breaks and set point down in the opening set.

Kohlschreiber didn't lose a point in his first three service games and broke Ferrer in the third game, but he couldn't maintain the standard.

Ferrer was able to break back in the eighth game with some great returns, and though Kohlschreiber broke back immediately, the German failed to convert a set point on his serve and was broken after a series of errors.

Kohlschreiber paid for his mistakes in the tiebreak, going down a mini-break early, and Ferrer closed it out 7-5 without losing a point on his serve.

The disappointment seemed to affect Kohlschreiber as his standard slipped in the second set. A double fault gave Ferrer a break in the fourth game, and another break in the sixth game put Ferrer well on track.

The Spaniard won the match after Kohlschreiber put a shot high into the stands on Ferrer's first match point.

Earlier, top seeds Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil won the doubles title.

They beat Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark in straight sets in the final.