Spain’s David Ferrer and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland won Abierto Mexicano Telcel titles on Saturday night, for the Spaniard a fourth career Acapulco crown.
The 32-year-old Ferrer in the final defeated top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 for his third title of 2015, improving to 18-1 on the season.
“Tonight I played my best match this week,” Ferrer said. “For sure. I played very aggressive, without mistakes. I tried to play my forehand to his forehand and with more energy. In important moments, he made more mistakes and I took my chances.”
In both sets Ferrer broke early and Nishikori broke back, at the end of the second set trading breaks again until the Spaniard benefited from more of the total 40 unforced errors from Nishikori.
It was the second title in two weeks for Ferrer, who last week won Rio de Janeiro, beating the mercurial Fabio Fognini in the final.
Nishikori falls to 1-1 in finals this year after winning Memphis.
“There were too many unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “I tried to be aggressive but I was missing too much. Especially with this slower surface, he gets everything. I knew I had to step in a little more, but it wasn’t my day.”
The No. 5-seeded Bacsinszky won her first WTA title since 2009, defeating No. 3-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
Bacsinszky, whose father is a tennis coach, rose to No. 37 in 2010, but three years of almost successive injuries have hampered her progress, dropping to No. 578 in 2012.
“Maybe I’m like a good wine — with time, I’m better!” the Swiss said. “But seriously, I almost stopped playing in 2013. When I decided to play again, at the French Open in 2013, I got a new team around me — new coach, new fitness coach, I’ve been working a lot with Swiss tennis.”
The Swiss’ rise started in January of this year at Shenzhen when she lost to Simona Halep in the final, en route upsetting No. 4-ranked Petra Kvitova to reach her first championship match since 2010.
It was Bacsinszky’s first title since 2009 Luxembourg, and brought her to 2-2 in career finals.
Garcia, ranked No. 30 entering the event, fell to 1-1 in career finals, winning the Bogota title in 2014.
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