Mayer surprises Ferrer in Hamburg for first title
07/20/2014 12:46 PM
07/20/2014 3:09 PM
Hamburg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Leonardo Mayer of Argentina captured his first ATP World Tour title with a three-set victory over top-seeded David Ferrer in Sunday's final of the Bet-at-Home Open.
Mayer rallied for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) triumph in his second career final. He lost to Italy's Fabio Fognini in the Vina del Mar title match back in February.
"I can't believe it," said Mayer about his first win. "I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on (clay). I'm really happy and it still hasn't sunk in that I won."
Ferrer, by contrast, was playing his 44th career final and fell to 21-23, including 1-1 this year. The Spaniard beat Fognini for the Buenos Aires crown in February.
After losing just three games in his previous two matches this week, Ferrer quickly fell behind 3-1 on Sunday. Mayer, who didn't drop a set this week entering the final, failed to take advantage as Ferrer won the next two games, and the Argentine squandered another break later in the first set.
Ferrer snuck out of the first set in the tiebreaker, but couldn't carry the momentum into the second as Mayer dominated with a pair of breaks. Mayer again broke early in the third for a 3-2 edge and was serving for the match at 5-4 when Ferrer broke again.
The tiebreak, though, went Mayer's way in the third set and he became the fourth first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year.
"At the start of the match, I was a little tense," added Mayer. "But I relaxed and started to play better. He also made some mistakes that got me back into the match. I tried to enjoy it and that's why I won, I think."
Mayer also became the third Argentine to win in Hamburg, following Guillermo Coria in 2003 and Juan Monaco two years ago.
Ferrer had won the only previous meeting against Mayer, a 6-3, 6-1 rout two years ago in Den Bosch.
"He was better in the match," said Ferrer. "I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressive than me and nothing else."
Ferrer fell to 1-8 in his last nine finals.
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