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Youzhny Reigns in Spain, Wins Valencia Open 500

Mikhail Youzhny

In a battle of the 31-year-olds, Russian Mikhail Youzhny, ranked No. 15 in the world, overcame local boy David Ferrer, world No. 3, to snag a surprising, and surprisingly dominant win over the three-time previous winner by a score of 6-3, 7-5.  The win gave Youzhny his tenth career title, and only his second at the ATP 500 level, and his second of the season, having also won in Gstaad.  2013 has been something of a renaissance for the Russian, who was ranked as high as No. 8 in 2010, but has slumped around the 20-30s for the past couple of years.

Ferrer had been having a very fine week, and was doing away handily with most of all comers.  However, he encountered a very motivated Youzhny today and failed to find the answers.

“It was a great week for me and a great tournament,” Youzhny said. “It was a great atmosphere. I felt nobody was against me, of course they were for David, but when I played well they applauded me.”

Photo credit:  Marianne Bevis  (Creative Commons License)

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