Title number 16 for Ferrero in Stuttgart

Sun, 17 Jul 20:55:00 2011

Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero, playing only his third tournament of the year, demolished fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar to win the Stuttgart Open.

- Ferrero wins in Stuttgart

Ferrero, who has dropped from 28th to 85th in the ATP rankings in a year plagued by knee and wrist injuries, won the rain-delayed final between the two non-seeds 6-4 6-0.

It was the 16th ATP title of his career, although the 31-year-old won 11 of those between 1999 and 2003.

"When I got here, I never thought that one week later I would leave Stuttgart as the winner," he said.

"The past few months have been extremely hard for me because of injuries which has made this all the more satisfying."

Ferrero, 31, was world number one for eight weeks in 2003, the year he won the French Open.

His career has never since reached those heights although he put together a 14-match unbeaten run last year, winning successive tournaments in Buenos Aires and Costa da Sauipe.

Andujar, 25, was attempting to win the third title of his career.

There were three service breaks in the first six games, with Ferrero taking a 2-0 and 4-2 lead. Andujar saved two set points at 3-5 before Ferrero clinched the set with an ace.

Ferrero broke again in the first game of the second set and never looked back as Andujar lost his nerve, winning only 15 points and serving four double faults.


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