David Ferrer ended a two-year wait for an ATP World Tour title after the veteran Spaniard beat Alexandr Dolgopolov to become the Swedish Open champion.
Despite needing seven match points to get over the line, Ferrer emerged victorious 6-4, 6-4 to win his 27th tour title and first since the 2015 Vienna Open.
The 35-year-old was clearly struggling to contain his emotions following the decisive point after claiming the Swedish title for the third time.
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Ultimately, it was a comfortable win for Ferrer, who broke for a 5-4 lead in the first set after a Dolgopolov backhand error, before holding serve himself.
The eighth seed appeared to be on cruise control in the second set after securing a double break and then earning two match points on Dolgopolov’s serve at 5-1.
However, the Ukrainian didn’t accept defeat easily and fought back with vengeance.
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Dolgopolov defended the two match points, broke Ferrer to love in the following game, before fighting off another match point to move to 5-4 behind.
Serving for the title a second time, Ferrer squandered another three match points before finally claiming the victory after a misplaced Dolgopolov forehand.