SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Eighth-ranked David Ferrer clinched his 26th career tournament win after rallying to defeat Steve Johnson of the United States 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open Sunday.
The top-seeded Spaniard also improved to 5-0 in finals this season after also winning in Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, and Kuala Lumpur.
The victory has all but secured him a spot at next month’s season-ending ATP finals in London.
“I am glad for all the support in my second final in Vienna,” said Ferrer, who was beaten for the title here by Andy Murray a year ago. “Am 33 years old. I hope I have two more years to go.”
The 47th-ranked Johnson, who was playing in his maiden final, made it hard work for his Spanish opponent.
“I am sure you will win ATP tournaments,” Ferrer said to his opponent after the match.
The American said he looked back at “an amazing week” and acknowledged that Ferrer deserved the win as “he played fantastic all week.”
“It was such a great event for me,” Johnson said. “Hopefully this…