David Ferrer moved closer to securing his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of November when beating Marcel Granollers 75 63 in an all-Spanish final to win the Valencia 500.
Home town favourite Ferrer had overcome second seed Robin Soderling in three sets to reach his fourth final of the year while lucky loser Granollers managed to avoid a seeded player right through to the final.
Ferrer had to break Granollers’ serve twice to take a tight first set 75 and needed just the one break to close the second set 63.
The fourth seed was winning his second title this year after capturing the ATP 500 event in Acapulco back in February.
He earned himself 200 valuable points from the victory to overtake Andy Roddick and go seventh in the ATP Tour rankings.
Despite an early exit for Andy Murray and Robin Soderling’s semi-final defeat to Ferrer, both players had already done enough to book their places and join Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the London event for the top eight players in the ATP rankings.
Next week’s BNP Paribas Paris Masters ATP 1000 represents the final chance for Ferrer, Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Fernado Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny and Jurgen Melzer to earn qualification with three places still undecided.
Roger Federer, who beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Sunday, is 12/5 with Boylesports to win the Paris Masters next week.
VALENCIA OPEN 500 RESULTS
F (4) D Ferrer df M Granollers 75 63
SF M Granollers df G Simon 64 64
SF (4) D Ferrer df (2) R Soderling 63 36 63
QF G Simon df (6) N Davydenko 64 76(5) 63
QF M Granollers df J monaco 16 63 64
QF (2) R Soderling df (8) G Monfils 63 62
QF (4) D Ferrer df P Starace 75 64
R16 (6) N Davydenko df J Chela 76 62
R16 (8) G Monfils df S Wawrinka 62 64
R16 (4) D Ferrer df T Gabashvili 64 61
R16 (2) R Soderling df D Gimeno-Traver 62 63
R16 P Starace df P Cuevas 76(2) 26 62
R16 M Granollers df P Andujar 62 62
R16 G Simon df (3) F Verdasco 61 63
R16 J Monaco df (1) A Murray 62 36 62
R32 (8) G Monfils df E Scwank 63 63
R32 P Cuevas df A Ramos-Vinolas 63 64
R32 M Granollers df B Paire 62 64
R32 (4) D Ferrer df G Garcia-Lopez 67(3) 63 63
R32 (2) R Soderling df A Montanes 61 64
R32 (6) N Davydenko df J Marti 62 62
R32 (1) A Murray df F Lopez 63 76(1)
R32 D Gimeno-Traver df M Almagro 64 36 63
R32 P Andujar df D Tursunov 64 36 11
R32 P Starace df V Hanescu 46 64 62
R32 J Chela df P Kohlschreiber 62 36 62
R32 G Simon df S Stakhovsky 63 63
R32 T Gabashvili df A Clemenet 64 62
R32 A Wawrinka df A Seppi 76(2) 75
R32 (3) F Verdasco df M Russell 64 61
R32 J Monaco df R Bautista-Agut 60 76(7)