Ferrer edges Johnson for Vienna title

David Ferrer defeated Steve Johnson in the men's singles final of the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.

The Spaniard battled back from a set down to eventually emerge the victor via a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 score line on the hard courts of the Austrian city. 

Ferrer struggled to deal with the American powerful serve in the early stages, which saw Johnson build up a 3-0 lead on his way to winning the opening set.

A couple breaks from Ferrer in the second set would be enough to send the match into a decider. 

Johnson soaked up the pressure midway through the final set, saving four break points in the crucial seventh game. However, Ferrer would win the final four games in a row on the way to his 26th ATP title.

"It was a very tough match and difficult to beat Steve, who has a good serve and played aggressively throughout the match," the 33-year-old told atpworldtour.com. 

"I waited for my opportunity and my experience counted. He also had his chance to win the tournament. Steve is playing very well, he's beaten a lot of good players this week."