Safin wins Barcelona Open
Russia's Marat Safin beat Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain to win
the Barcelona Open title today with a 6ï¿½3 6ï¿½3 6ï¿½4 victory.
Safin, who had not won a match outdoors all season before this
tournament, turned in a devastating display of power hitting
to take only the second ATP Tour title of his career.
Safin dominated the match of the two unseeded 20ï¿½yearï¿½olds,
serving 16 aces to Ferrero's two. He broke twice in the first
set and once in each of the next two, while Ferrero never managed
to win more than two points in any one game against serve.
"That was a great game." said a delighted Safin after his commanding
win. "I'd like to thank Ferrero for playing such a high standard
Ferrero attempted to draw Safin into as many long rallies as
possible on the baking Barcelona clay but the Russian rarely
fell for the tactic as he mixed up his game, trading shots from
the baseline for a while before coming into the net.
The first set lasted just 32 minutes as Safin broke in games
seven and nine.
Safin clinched the break in the second set with a heavily topï¿½spun
crosscourt backhand winenr as Ferrero came to the net.
The Russian attacked hard throughout the third, wasting three
break points in the first game but taking Ferrero's second service
game for a 2ï¿½1 lead.
Serving at 5ï¿½4 in the third, Safin took the second of two match
points as he flashed a backhand across court and an exhausted
Ferrero could only play a weak return into the bottom of the