Ferrer wins another Heineken Open

David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.

David Ferrer threw his arms in the air and gazed to the heavens after clinching a historic fourth Heineken Open title with a 7-6 (5) 6-1 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Ferrer pockets US $71,900 for his triumph but, more importantly, surpasses New Zealand great Onny Parun, who won in Auckland in 1973, '75 and '76, and equals Australian legend Roy Emerson.

The world No.5 won his home tournament in Valencia three times but this is the first event he has claimed four times and, for that reason, it will hold special significance.

It took the classy Ferrer, who tuned up for the Australian Open in the best way, just one hour 18 minutes to dispatch Kohlschreiber and earn his place on the honour role.  

The loyal Spaniard, in his ninth visit to Auckland, added to his success in 2007 '11 '12 and, now, '13.

In the first set a full house w treated to some sublime shot making, but it didn't last.

Both players started with powerful intent, serving love games. To begin, Ferrer was uncharacteristic loose, gifting easy points.

Kohlschreiber snatched the early ascendancy when he broke in the third game, thanks mainly to his rocket serve.

For a fleeting moment one suspected he could challenge for an unlikely upset, or at least push the match three sets.

Unfortunately for the German, he couldn't maintain his aggressive momentum that his unique, stylish one-handed approach had gained.

While it took longer than expected, Ferrer inevitably found his grove to break back in the eighth game. The top two seeds each secured a further break to set up a tense tie breaker. Eventually, after 52 minutes of quality tennis, Ferrer clinched the set.

That was where the contested ended. Ferrer was too good.

In the second set, world No. 20 Kohlschreiber was dejected, realising his only chance was to put the champion under pressure.
 
He failed to do that and folded in 26 minutes.

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