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30th April
2001
written by kat

Taken from the Official ATP Tour website
30 April 2001
New Balls Please star Juan Carlos Ferrero captured his third title of the ATP season with a marathon five-set win against fellow countryman Carlos Moya in Barcelona.
Ferrero, who saved two match points in his first round win against Adrian Voinea, won the Open Seat Godo 2001 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory in a match that lasted 4 hours, 9 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the Real Club de Tenis.

“I will remember this final for many years, and I am sure the people will remember it as well,” said Ferrero, who moves to fourth position in the ATP Champions Race 2001. “I’ve never played such a tough final in my career before.”
Ferrero, who lost to Marat Safin in last year’s Barcelona final, now joins Race leader Andre Agassi and Gustavo Kuerten with three titles this season following his tournament victories in Dubai and Estoril. Ferrero also became the ninth Spanish winner since the tournament began in 1953 and the first person since Thomas Muster in 1996 to win Estoril and Barcelona in the same year.
No clean sweep for Spaniards
But the fourth all-Spanish final could have been a different story with Moya, four-times a losing semifinalist, having two points for double break of serve and a 4-1 final set lead.
“When I was down 3-1 and 15-40 on my serve, somewhere I found the strength to come back and win,” said Ferrero. “That’s probably because I wanted to win so badly here-I love to play in Barcelona.”
Moya, who defeated Thomas Enqvist for the first time in five meetings to reach the final, said: “It was a very tough match and it could have gone either way. I had many opportunities to win but I did not take advantage of them.”
American second seeds Don Johnson and Jared Palmer ensured the Spaniards didn’t make a clean sweep of the singles and doubles titles with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over Tommy Robredo and Fernando Vicente.
It was the duo’s second title as a team following their win in Scottsdale in March, which was their first tournament together. Palmer has now won 17 career ATP doubles titles, while Johnson is one behind on 16. Wild cards Robredo and Vicente were playing together for the first time.

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