Ferrer edges out Dolgopolov
David Ferrer secured his sixth title of the year by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in a hard-fought three-set final at the Valencia Open.
The 30-year-old world No 5 was pushed all the way by the unseeded Ukrainian who eventually succumbed 6-1 3-6 6-4 in 110 minutes.
In the decisive final set at the City of Arts and Sciences Centre, the top seeded Spaniard was forced to save two break points at 15-40 in game seven before pouncing in the 10th to wrap up his third win in his home town.
He broke twice to win opening set in 34 minutes before his world No 21 opponent opened a 3-0 lead in the second - which he went on to win with ease.
The opening five games of the final set produced just a single point against the serve, before Dolgopolov missed a glorious chance to break Ferrer at 3-3.
However, the local boy showed all his experience to take the title when he broke the 23-year-old to 30 and claim the 17th ATP Tour triumph of his career.
A delighted champion said: "I am very happy to win in front of my fans and family."
He dedicated the title to Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former world No 1 and another Valencia native, who retired from tennis this week.