Ferrer beats Almagro

Ferrer’s year continues to get better and after a frustrating loss to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, the Spaniard is obviously back on form. Now ranked number 5, he has also taken his 5th ATP title of the season, defeating his countrymen Almagro in straight sets.

Spain dominated the Swedish open this year, with both Ferrer and Almagro swanning their way through the rounds with ease. Ferrer who was top-seed of the Bastad tournament defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals, despite some inconsistencies with his serve. He began the game smoothly, and took a 3-0 lead in the first set which he then went on to secure. The second set however caused him some problems, but saving two set points, he eventually got his victory. Almagro’s semi-final was more straightforward; the second-seeded Spaniard dictated play from the start, eradicating any chance or hopes his component Jan Hajek of the Czeck Republic might have had of triumphing.

With Almagro playing so sublimely, it was uncertain which Spaniard would take the glory. However, in their previous 10 meetings Almagro had so far, been unsuccessful in defeating Ferrer. He would therefore need to produce an unbelievable performance if he wanted to take the title and after his destruction of the Czeck, he was confident he had a chance.

Inevitably, however it was Ferrer who ruled the clay court during the final. Almagro’s effort was admirable, but he was unable to threaten Ferrer’s game. Ferrer broke Almagro’s serve early on in the first set, and he continued to apply the pressure throughout the game, with the final score 6-2, 6-2. This win adds to one of Ferrers’ best seasons: the Spaniard looks strong, focused and hungry for more glory.