David Ferrer’s sensational season continued when he returned to live tennis action with victory at the Swedish Open in Bastad.
The Spaniard cruised his way to the title comprehensive straight sets win against countryman Nicolas Almagro, claiming his fifth tournament win of an impressive year so far.
The world number five broke Almagro twice in each set with relative ease to inflict an 11th straight defeat on his fellow Spaniard in as many meetings.
Ferrer will go into the US Open on the back one of the best seasons of his career, reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and narrowly missing out on a place in the last-four at Wimbledon.
Now, the 30-year old will be looking to book his place at the end-of-season World Tour Finals in London, as well as mounting a challenge at Flushing Meadows next month, where Ferrer will surely be one to watch.
Ferrer, who continues to feature heavily in tennis betting offers, and Roger Federer have shown this season that reaching the grand old age of 30 doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a player’s peak.
Still incredibly capable of playing opponents off the court with his speed and agility, Ferrer has shown no sign of slowing down and losing the skills that have made him such a consistent force on the tour for much of the last decade.
Aside from his semi-final appearance in 2007, the US Open hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for Ferrer, suffering early exits at eight of his nine appearances.
The experienced Spaniard will be rightly confident of improving that record when he heads to New York in late August for the final Grand Slam of the year.