ATP Valencia Open: Mikhail Youzhny upsets David Ferrer in straight sets
Russia's Mikhail Youzhny upset three-time champion and home favourite David Ferrer 6-3 7-5 to win the Valencia Open.
Last Updated: 01/11/13 11:48am
The 31-year-old Russian dominated world No 3 Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending champion four times on his way to a shock success in one hour and 23 minutes.
Youzhny roared through the opening set by breaking Ferrer twice early on, picking the Spaniard apart with well-placed groundstrokes.
Ferrer appeared to have recovered with a break in the second set, but Youzhny fought back to level the score.
He then broke Ferrer a final time to go up 6-5 before serving out the decisive game to silence the Spanish crowd.
Youzhny, who had finished runner-up here to Andy Murray in 2009, claimed his 10th career title when Ferrer netted his final return.
"I can only thank my team for helping me get to this part of the season and being able to win a tournament," said world No 21 Youzhny.
"It has been a great week for me and I hope I can keep playing in the same way to finish the year in Paris next week."
Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Ferrer, who had come through an awkward draw to beat Gael Monfils, Jerzy Janowicz and Nicolas Almagro only to fall at the final hurdle.
"It wasn't the best final for me and even more so at home," said Ferrer, who was far from his stubborn best.
"I tried my best, it wasn't to be but I really enjoyed my week and the support of the crowd and my team was great."