HAMBURG, Germany — Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer upset top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the Hamburg Open final on Sunday to win his first ATP title.
The 46th-ranked Mayer saved five of the eight break points he faced and converted five of his seven chances to beat the seventh-ranked Spaniard in the clay court tournament.
“I can’t believe it,” Mayer said. “I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on this surface. I’m really happy and it still hasn’t sunk in that I won.”
Mayer had not dropped a set in five matches to reach the final, while the 32-year-old Ferrer had been bidding for his 22nd title.
“He was better in the match,” Ferrer said. “I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressive than me, and nothing else.”
Wozniacki overpowers Vinci: In Istanbul, Caroline Wozniacki overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup final and clinch her first WTA title of the year and 22nd overall.
The top-seeded Dane needed only 67 minutes against the 24th-ranked Italian.
Wozniacki won 76 percent of points on her first serve — compared to just 43 percent for Vinci — and also saved all six break points against her at the hard-court Koza World of Sport Complex.
“I served well and pushed her around the court,” said Wozniacki, who won all seven of her service games.
Vinci was broken five times in the match and lost her last three service games.
The two players are 2-2 in head-to-heads with Vinci beating Wozniacki when she was the top-ranked player in 2011.
The 24-year-old Wozniacki — runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Open to Kim Clijsters — has won at least one WTA title every year since 2008.
Now ranked 15th, her victory in Istanbul came just hours before golfer Rory McIlroy won the British Open by two strokes at Royal Liverpool.
After getting engaged to Wozniacki on New Year’s Eve, McIlroy broke off the engagement in May with a telephone call. About a week after, Wozniacki exited the French Open in the first round.
Barthel beats Scheepers: In Bastad, Sweden, Germany’s Mona Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final to win the Swedish Open.
It was the third WTA career title for the 24-year-old Barthel, who is currently ranked 61st. Barthel had also won their last meeting in Hobart, Australia, in January 2013.
“I was so tired in the second set, and I just told myself ‘I need this one’ because I didn’t know if I’d have enough energy for a third set,” Barthel said.
Barthel saved two of the three break points she faced against the 91st-ranked Scheepers.
Wild card Tomic wins Bogota final: In Bogota, Colombia, wild card Bernard Tomic denied Ivo Karlovic’s attempt to retain his Claro Open Colombia title, beating the second-seeded Croat 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4) in the final.
The 21-year-old Australian, who was born in Germany, won despite Karlovic firing 39 aces to 11 for Tomic.
The 29th-ranked Karlovic, 35, beat home favorite Alejandro Falla in last year’s final and was seeking his first title of 2014. Tomic, ranked 124th, was playing his first ATP final since Sydney in January.
The third-seeded Australian pair Samuel Groth and Chris Guccione beat Nicolas Barrientos and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 11-9 to win the doubles title at Centro de Alto Rendimiento.