David Ferrer needed barely an hour to dispense with Argentine rival David Nalbandian to capture the 2011 Heineken Open singles title, 6-3 6-2. The tournament top seed made no race of a match that promise so much, running down anything his rival had to throw at him and eventually breaking down his game in convincing fashion. “I think David did not have a good day and when I broke him to win the first set, he lost concentration,” reflected Ferrer. “I knew to win, I had to make the points long and the match long to make him tired … but it wasn’t a long match today.” Nalbandian started the stronger and had chances to break service twice early in the opening set, but could not convert them. Gradually, Ferrer turned the momentum his way. He achieved his only break of the first set at 4-3 and Nalbandian showed his frustration by smashing his racquet into the court. He was never the same from that point. “I had some chances and didn’t take them,” he lamented. “Sometimes, I missed easy shots … one an easy backhand on break point. “If that had gone in, it might have been different.” Ferrer served an ace to close out the set and immediately had Nalbandian’s serve under pressure in the to start the second. He broke at 2-2 and won the final four games to wrap up the contest in 68 minutes.
This is Ferrer’s second title in Auckland and the 10th of his career.
Earlier, Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo saw off Swede Johan Brunstrom and Aussie Stephen Huss to capture the Panasonic Doubles title. The eventual winners broke once to capture the opening set, but had to withstand a strong comeback from their rivals in the second. Brunstrom and Huss staved off one match point at 5-3, but squandered a chance to steal the set at 6-5 in the tiebreak. The Spanish duo held their nerve to win the final three points for victory.