Ferrer lands third Buenos Aires clay title in a row

BUENOS AIRES Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:22am IST

Fabio Fognini (R) of Italy sprays champagne over David Ferrer of Spain after Ferrer defeated him in their men's singles final tennis match at the ATP Buenos Aires Open, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Fabio Fognini (R) of Italy sprays champagne over David Ferrer of Spain after Ferrer defeated him in their men's singles final tennis match at the ATP Buenos Aires Open, February 16, 2014.

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP claycourt title, and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in the final on Sunday.

Ferrer had not planned to return this year but stood in at the last minute following world number one Rafael Nadal's withdrawal through injury.

The 31-year-old will climb to fourth in the world rankings on Monday, displacing Argentine Juan Martin del Porto who played in Rotterdam this week.

"This title was very important to me after seven finals without a victory," said Ferrer after claiming his 21st career win.

Fognini had won 10 matches in a row including helping Italy beat Argentina in the Davis Cup first round two weeks ago and victory in the Chilean ATP tournament at Vina del Mar last weekend.

(Writing by Rex Gowar; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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