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Ferrer bags Heineken hat-trick

World number five David Ferrer completed his preparation for the Australian Open with victory in the Heineken Open.

The Spaniard clinched a third successive title in the Auckland event with a 7-6 6-1 triumph over second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Ferrer also won the trophy in 2007 and has now won 19 times on the ATP Tour - eight of those coming in the past 12 months.

He twice recovered from a break of serve in the opening set, with the second break putting Kohlschreiber, who won the title in 2008, 5-4 ahead.

The Spaniard broke back and won the tie breaker 7-5 before blowing away the German in the second, breaking him three times.

Ferrer wrapped up the win in one hour and 18 minutes, beating the world number 19 for the second year in a row at the event.

"I'm so happy," Ferrer said. "It was amazing for me to win here four times. Now I can say this is my favorite tournament."