Youzhny beats Ferrer to win Valencia Open
Oct. 27, 2013
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Mikhail Youzhny beat top-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5, to win the Valencia Open on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Russian dominated the No. 3-ranked Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending champion and home town favorite four times on the indoor hard court.
Youzhny took a one-set lead by breaking Ferrer twice early on, picking the Spaniard apart with well-placed ground strokes.
Ferrer appeared to have recovered with a break in the second set. But Youzhny recovered his service game to level the score and broke Ferrer a final time to go up 6-5 before serving out the decisive game.
Youzhny claimed his 10th career title when Ferrer netted his final return.
Youzhny had finished runner-up here to Andy Murray in 2009.