COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil(AP) — Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero beat
Lukasz Kobut of Poland 6-1, 6-0, to win the Brazil Open on
The former No. 1 ranked player needed only one hour to become
the third Spaniard in a row to win the clay-court event. Nicolas
Almagro won the title in 2008 and Tommy Robredo last year.
Kobut repeatedly missed his first serve, giving Ferrero too much
help. The Spanish player was 5-0 up in the second set and broke
Kubot’s serve to clinch the title.
It was Ferrero’s 13th ATP title, and it came just two days after
“You never expect to play a one-sided final like this,” Ferrero
said. “One is always nervous in the beginning of a final, and it
wasn’t different today. I thought I played well from the
beginning, and with two breaks of serve ahead quite early in the
match, I never looked back.”
It was a welcome victory for Ferrero, who lost in opening round
matches in his first two tournaments of the season – the
Heineken Open in New Zealand and the Australian Open.
It was Kubot’s second ATP singles final, and his second loss.
“It is very unfortunate I couldn’t play my best tennis today,”
Kubot said. “Juan Carlos played a great match and didn’t give me