Ferrer takes second Bastad title


David Ferrer captured his second Swedish Open title by knocking out fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2. Ferrer continued his unbeaten record against Almagro, now 11-0.

“It has been the best season of my career, I have won five titles. I have never done this well and I am very happy for that. I work hard, I always fight every match and every year I try and improve on my game.

“Last year I played really good tennis. I am a better player than in 2007 when I won here. I don’t work to be in the Top 4. I work to be a better player and nothing else. I think the Top 4 are amazing players, and they are better than everyone else at this moment. I don’t think about the Top 4, I think about me and the Top 10.

“I got some good results on the grass courts and now I have won here in Bastad. Of course I have confidence [going into the Olympics]. I will have two days of relaxing and then next week I will practice on grass.”

Ferrer also won the Basttad in 2007.

Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecia of Romania won the men’s doubles for the third timesdefeating Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 7-6 (5).

“It’s unreal to win a home title three years in a row,” said Lindstedt. “It’s been unreal, we came here almost like in a coma [after losing the Wimbledon final]. We have been very, very tired all week, but we have managed to raise our game to play our best tennis for the semis and the final.”

Tecau continued:”We are very happy to get the third title here as it’s a special tournament for Robert and me also.”


ATP BÃ¥stad – Monday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
BÃ¥stad, Sweden (+2 hours GMT)
9-15 July, 2012 Surface: Clay

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying – E Korolev (KAZ) vs B Balleret (MON)
[WC] C Lindell (SWE) vs J Zopp (EST)
[WC] T Robredo (ESP) vs [8] A Ungur (ROU)
P Capdeville (CHI) vs S Bolelli (ITA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – A Giannessi (ITA) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
J Hajek (CZE) vs F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 3:00 PM
M Elgin (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [WC] F Bergevi (SWE) / F Simonsson (SWE)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – T Alves (BRA) vs I Navarro (ESP)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – H Laaksonen (SUI) vs I Minar (CZE)