Andreev Collects First Tour Title at Valencia

Posted on April 11, 2005

Russian Igor Andreev took another step towards cementing his reputation as a heralded claycourter Sunday at the ATP stop in Valencia, coming from a set down to defeat Spaniard David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 for his career-first ATP title.

The 21-year-old, who reached dirt finals at Bucharest and Gstaad last year, defeated tour shooting star Rafael Nadal en route to the final.

"I can't believe it," Andreev said. "Tomorrow when I'm more relaxed I will think about it. There are so many matches to win my first title. From the first point it was a very tough match. I'm happy I kept my head cool and came out in the third set playing great tennis."

Ferrer, who reached the semifinals at the Masters Series-Miami on hardcourts a few weeks back and Saturday had to win two matches in the rain-backed-up schedule, appeared to tire in the second set when Andreev made his run.

"Andreev played at a really high level today and I was unable to impose my game," Ferrer said. "He was able to dictate play and all credit to him for winning the title. I'm sad I didn't win but at least one of my friends won."

In the doubles final, No. 3 seeds Fernando Gonzalez/Martin Rodriguez upset top-seeds Lucas Arnold/Mariano Hood 6-4, 6-4 for their first title as a team.

"This city has treated me very well again this year," Rodriguez said. "It's great to win this title two years in a row and it has been great to play with Fernando this week."