10/29/12 3:48 AM | Cheryl Murray
Spaniard David Ferrer defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov to take the title at the Valencia Open on Sunday.
World No. 5 David Ferrer started off this match in impressive fashion, then rebounded after dropping the second set for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Ferrer was completely dominant in the first set. The Spaniard came out of the starting gates firing. Ferrer was at his aggressive best, outhitting Dolgopolov from the baseline. He was able to secure a pair of unanswered service breaks to take a one-set lead.
But Dolgopolov wasn't done fighting. The Ukrainian raised his level considerably and began to do damage with his big first serve. He did well to stave off Ferrer, who has a world-class return game, getting through the entire second set without facing a single break point. Ferrer surrendered a break on Dolgopolov's first and only break-point chance.
Dolgopolov appeared to be in control in the deciding set as well. The underdog was rolling along nicely until the 10th game of the set. Dolgopolov was serving to stay in the match at 4-5 and had a comfortable 30-15 lead, when Ferrer came out of nowhere to break and snag the match out from underneath him.
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