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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 October, 2003, 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK
Ferrero claims Madrid title
Masters Series Madrid

Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero outplayed Chile's Nicolas Massu to win his first indoor title and replace Andy Roddick at the top of the ATP Champions Race.

The world number one barely put a foot wrong on his way to a comprehensive 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory.

"Being regarded as a clay-court specialist is not nice," said Ferrero.

"I don't like it because I think I got rid of it years ago.

"It was important to me to win this title because I reached finals in Shanghai and Bangkok but couldn't win them.

"I was able to win here and now I can say I can win on all surfaces."

The Spaniard set the tone early on as he broke Massu in his first service game of the match.

Ferrero then sent down a series of formidable forehand winners to take the opening set in style.

I didn't play the important points well
Nicolas Massu
He repeated the trick in the second, breaking in the opening game and then holding serve comfortably throughout to move into a 2-0 lead.

In the third set, Massu broke his opponent's serve for the first time before Ferrero rallied with three breaks of his own to seal the victory on his first match point.

"I'm not happy, of course," said Massu. "I wanted to go on and win the tournament. I had a lot of confidence but it just wasn't possible.

"I didn't play the important points well and that was the difference."

Ferrero paid tribute to Massu, who had claimed some impressive scalps - including Roddick and Gustavo Kuerten - on his way to the final.

"Massu has improved a lot and I think he's now among the best in the world," said Ferrero.

Ferrero has moved to 826 points in the season-long ATP Champions Race, four more than Roddick.

  • In Sunday's doubles final, Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Max Mirnyi of Belarus defeated Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe, 6-2 2-6 6-3.





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