(October 27, 2013) Mikhail Youzhny beat top seed David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 to claim the Valencia Open his 10th career ATP World Tour.
In a battle between 30 somethings, the 31-year-old Russian broke the serve of the No. 3-ranked Ferrer four times.
“It was a great week for me and a great tournament,” Youzhny said after the match. “It was a great atmosphere. I felt nobody was against me, of course they were for David, but when I played well they applauded me.”
Ferrer has lost six straight finals this year since winning Auckland and Buenos Aires.
“Losing at home hurts more,” Ferrer said. “He served well, and I was lacking energy. I needed to return better and move the ball around more. In the second set I had more opportunities, but only at the start.”
“The truth is that Youzhny played very good. He sliced and served very well. He was more comfortable than me on court, I was missing touch.”
The Russian will move up to No. 14 in teh year-end Race to London.
In the doubles final, despite having four match points, the Bryan Brothers fell to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 13-11.
Peya and Soares have now won five tournament titles this year -Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Eastbourne, Montreal and Valencia.