eeTop-seed and defending champion David Ferrer retained his Auckland ATP title Saturday with a comfortable victory over Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-4 in a rain-disrupted final.
The match had just started with Ferrer 1-0 up when the players had to leave the court because of the wet weather.
When play resumed Ferrer raced to a 5-3 lead but Rochus had a break point with a chance to strike back when rain interrupted play a second time.
Back on court when the rain cleared, Ferrer saved the game and took the first set. He then made a decisive break mid-way through the second set to wrap up the match in an hour and 34 minutes.
It is the third time the Spaniard has won in Auckland, having also won in 2007.
AFPTags: tennis, sport, new-zealand First posted January 14, 2012 19:29:10