By Chris Oddo/ Sunday, October 27, 2013
Mikhail Youzhny hadn't defeated a top-five player since 2010, but that all changed on Sunday in Valencia as the Russian took out David Ferrer in straight sets.
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Mikhail Youzhny defeated three-time Valencia Open winner David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to claim his second ATP title of 2013.
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The victory is Youzhny’s first over a top-five opponent since 2010, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in Rotterdam. The Russian had lost 15 in a row against the top five.
After taking the first set on the strength of two breaks, Youzhny fell behind a break in the second before rallying back from 4-1 down to win six of the final seven games to clinch the victory.
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Remarkably, Youzhny improved his career record against the Spaniard to 5-1 on hard courts. “The truth is that Youzhny played very good,” Ferrer said. “He sliced and serve very well. I was missing touch.”
Youzhny will face Kevin Anderson in his first-round match at Paris. He is currently 14th in the ATP’s race to London, but was mathematically eliminated from qualifying for the final eight this week. He does, however, have a small shot at qualifying as an alternate.
Ferrer, who has already qualified for London, drops to 57-20 on the season with two titles. He has now dropped his last six finals.