Ferrer Crushes Almagro in Bastad Final

Posted on July 15, 2007

David Ferrer became the third Spaniard in three years to win the Catella Swedish Open with a bruising 6-1, 6-2 win over countryman Nicolas Almagro Sunday in Bastad, Sweden. It was the first all-Spanish Bastad final in the Open Era.

"Today I played really well and could play my own game in the final. In fact I've played well all week here in Bastad," the 15th-ranked Ferrer said.

Ferrer's victories followed Bastad title runs of Tommy Robredo in 2006, Rafael Nadal in 2005 and Carlos Moya in 2002.

Ferrer was in devastating form throughout the tournament, winning four of his five matches with the loss of three games or less. He was tested only in the second round when taken to three sets by Chilean Nicolas Massu.

Improving to 19-5 on clay this season, Ferrer is now second on the ATP circuit this year for the most clay-court wins, behind No. 2 Rafael Nadal (26-1). Ferrer's fourth ATP title followed his title run earlier in the year in Auckland (d. Robredo).

Almagro was also chasing his second title of 2007 after successfully defending his Valencia title (d. Starace) in April.

"I have all the right shots that I need to reach Top 15, but I have to stop playing bad matches like this in order to make it," Almagro said. "It was disappointing and unexpected to lose the final after having played so well all week."  (ATP Digital Services)