- David Ferrer strengthened his hand in the race to the ATP season finals as
the veteran Spaniard won the Austrian Open with a fighting 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 defeat
of American Steve Johnson on Sunday.
who joins Roger Federer on five titles this year - the pair are second behind
Novak Djokovic on nine - now stands in solid contention for one of the two
remaining places in the eight-man field for the World Tour Finals starting
joins Richard Gasquet on joint seventh in the race to London. But of those
trailing the pair, none save Gasquet have a real chance of qualifying, as
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, provisional ninth, is not playing next week.
claimed the 25th trophy of his career as he defeated Johnson, who was playing
in his first final.
Spanish champion set up three match points in the third set with his seventh
ace after a break in the previous game and converted on his first opportunity.
lost the final a year ago at the Stadthalle to Andy Murray. The last Spaniard
to win here was Feliciano Lopez in 2004.