Modest Ferrer repeats Auckland success

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.

When the bulldozers rip through two of the old stands at the ASB Tennis Arena in a couple of years' time and they rebuild two more, one should be called the David Ferrer Stand.

The Spaniard cemented his legacy at the Heineken Open in Auckland yesterday when he beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 6-1 in what turned out to be a disappointingly one-sided final.

Ferrer's victory means he has equalled the legendary Roy Emerson in two ways. They are both the only players to win this tournament on four occasions and also the only players to be victorious three times in a row.

HISTORIC WIN: David Ferrer
HISTORIC WIN: David Ferrer

Emerson sent Ferrer an email to wish him good luck before yesterday's final, but Ferrer shied away from any direct comparison with the 12-time Grand Slam winner.

"Me? No I don't think I am a legend," said Ferrer.

"Roy Emerson, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djojovic they are legends but not me. I need to win more important tournaments like a Grand Slam.

"I'm very happy with my career and I'm important in my home." Ferrer won't get to keep the trophy despite his hat-trick of titles but his loyalty to the Heineken Open can't be understated. His continued presence has ensured the tournament of a guaranteed world class player annually. And as long as he keeps coming back the ‘Sold Out' signs will keep on going up on the stadium gates.

During a teasing first set, the final showed all the signs of developing into a thriller.

Kohlschreiber breaking at 4-4 gave the German the chance to serve for the set, but a mistimed forehand and then a backhand that hit the net allowed Ferrer crucial points to square the set up again.

In the tiebreak Kohlschreiber again played a few loose shots, allowing the Spaniard to take it 7-5.

The fight had gone from Kohlschreiber as the second set began in baking Auckland heat. Ferrer could smell the victory, consistently breaking his opponent with ease, as he steam-rolled home right as a cooling breeze arrived.

Kohlschreiber framed a forehand high into the sky on championship point and Ferrer had his arms aloft even before the ball landed.

"The first set was the key," said Ferrer of the match.

"He deserved to win but he didn't take his chance. In the second set I can play more quiet and be better with my game. I try to fight every point. I played with great power. In the important moments I was there, in the tie breaker I played better than him."

Kohlschreiber's take on the proceedings also featured the opening set. He felt that while he could live with Ferrer during that set, it was a lost cause once his opponent took it.

"I was serving for the set, but in this moment he gained a lot of power," Kohlschreiber said.

"I played really well and he was struggling with his game, but after he won the first set he missed nothing.

"He returned everything and I dropped my level. Obviously it's tough to play against him because you have to play every ball on the limit. The second set was a good example that he was too good all over the place and I missed too much."

Ferrer flew out off to Melbourne just a few hours after lifting the trophy.

There is little time to reflect in the world of professional tennis and already he is preparing for his first round match against Olivier Rochus at the Australian Open tomorrow on Hisense Arena.

He will be the fourth seed because of Nadal's absence and while he still remains a long shot, this will probably be the best chance he'll ever get to win a Grand Slam.

"He did pretty good in previous years,' Kohlschreiber said of Ferrer's chances.

"It is tough to say who is going to win the Aussie Open, there are many good players there, but for sure, he has a very good shot at reaching the final and maybe more."

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