Ferrer tops Wawrinka, defends title at Buenos Aires

Updated: February 24, 2013

Top-seeded and defending champion
David Ferrer captured his second consecutive title at Buenos Aires by taking
out Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets at the clay-court final of the Copa Claro
tennis event on Sunday.

The world No. 4 Spaniard had a second set hiccup before breezing through the
final set in taking a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 decision over the third-seeded Wawrinka.
In 10 all-time matchups against the native of Switzerland, Ferrer has been
victorious in seven of the meetings.

“I am very happy for this title. I cannot describe it with other words,” said
Ferrer. “It’s very hard to win back-to-back titles, and this tournament in
Buenos Aires is always very tough. I am very proud.”

With the victory, Ferrer pocketed $84,550 and captured the 20th singles title
of his career and his second of the year. The 30-year-old was victorious in
Auckland last month.

Ferrer now has 10 victories in title matches on clay courts, moving him into a
third place tie with Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko for most among active

For Wawrinka, who fell to 3-7 in championship events, it was his first ATP
World Tour final appearance since winning Chennai in January 2011.

“I think David was better today. He was a little bit stronger than me and he
deserved the victory,” said Wawrinka. “But I’m really happy with my week. It
was important to play well and win some great matches, especially the semi-
final yesterday. It was a great week for me so I need to take the positives
from that.”