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World number 4 David Ferrer defends Buenos Aires crown

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:12 AM
Spain's David Ferrer celebrates after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during the Claro Cup tennis final in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Feb 24, 2013. Ferrer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. -- PHOTO : AP

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - World number four David Ferrer of Spain defended his crown Sunday at the $490,000 ATP claycourt tournament in Buenos Aires with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Ferrer, the top seed, saw off his third-seeded rival before a 4,000 crowd at the Lawn Tennis Club despite dropping serve at the start of the deciding set as he then proceeded to polish off six games on a roll.

The 30-year-old pocketed his 20th career title and second of the year after Auckland.

"It is difficult to defend a tournament but tennis has been kind to me and I am very happy to have done so. I shall savour the moment," said Ferrer.

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