(May 5, 2013) Stanislas Wawrinka exacted a bit of revenge in taking out top seed David Ferrer for the Portugal Open title on Sunday 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes. The Swiss lost in the final of Buenos Aires to Ferrer earlier in the year.
It’s Wawrinka’s fourth ATP title, the first since his win at Chennai in 2011.
“It feels great to have won a title again, as it was one of my goals at the start of the year,“ Wawrinka said. “It was a challenge against a Top 4 player. I am very happy with the way I played today. I was really focused and I made it difficult for him on my serve. It is going to be tough to return to the Top 10, but I am definitely playing better than last year and I am improving. Today, I got the confidence that I can beat a Top 4 player in a final, on a clay court.”
“Stan played a great match, said world No. 4 Ferrer. I was never close to winning, but I felt better the longer it went on with my shots. On the big points, I should have clenched my teeth more. Playing any ATP World Tour final is important. I want to be positive and look forward. Stan played better today. Stan played pretty well from the baseline and he had a good percentage of first services. He surpassed me in everything.”
Wawrinka, who took home €74,000 in prize money for the win is now 28-7 in 2013.