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David Ferrer Bastad
(July 15, 2012) -- He may not have yet won a Grand Slam, but David Ferrer is having a standout season punctuated by the Spaniard winning his fifth title this year at the SkiStar Swedish Open.

Despite having a 10-0 record against his opponent fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, Ferrer was probably expecting tough match on the slow red clay. But Almagro, suffering from a sore shoulder, didn't put up much resistance as Ferrer rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win in just 68 minutes.

“It has been the best season of my career, I have won five titles," said Ferrer afterwards. "I have never done this well and I am very happy for that. I work hard, I always fight every match and every year I try and improve on my game."

Isner Defends Newport Title Over Hewitt

John Isner successfully defending his title in Newport at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships over Lleyton Hewitt.

Though both men failed to convert on their break point chances in the first set, it was Isner who stepped up his game in the tiebreak only allowing Hewitt one point as Isner took the breaker 7-1.

Isner broke Hewitt in the third game of the second set and never looked back as he finished off the match by hitting his 16th ace to win 7-6(1), 6-4.

"I gained a lot of confidence this week just like last year," said Isner afterwards who now improves to 27-12 on the year. The loss is the first ever for Hewitt in a grass court final.

Tipsarevic Holds On to Defeat Monaco in Stuttgart

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic looked well on his to his first ever clay court title in the finals of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart before a late surge by his opponent Juan Monaco and a rain delay almost took the match out of his hands.

Tipsarevic traded early breaks with Monaco before the Serbian took the first set 6-4. Tipsarevic jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second before Monaco started to fight his way back into the match. Monaco took the second set and was stayed level for 2-all in the third before Tipsarevic broke serve for 3-2.

A rain delay suspended play and when the match resumed Monaco broke back for 3-all. But that would be the last hurrah for Monaco as Tipsarevic won the last three games to claim the title with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win.

Cilic Becomes First Croat to Win Umag Title

It took 22 years, but Croatia's Marin Cilic was finally able to celebrate becoming the first Croat to win the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag since 1990.

Taking on Spain's Marcel Granollers in the finals, Cilic played a near flawless match as he converted on five of seven break point chances and won 51 percent of his return points to seal a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

The title is Cilic's second of the year and his third ever won on home soil.


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