The 27-year-old Argentinian  led twice with a break in the opening set, but after losing the tie-break, he took a toilet-break & kept his composure – in a consequence through almost the entire next two sets, Ferrer  couldn’t do too much. After two phenomenal backhands down the line, Mayer led 5:3* (30-all) in the 3rd set. Then his level decreased, but it came back to the right track as he trailed *5:6. He held at love, and in the tie-break he fired an ace at *5:4, followed by another big first serve to finish the tournament with an overhead after a bounce (2 hours 20 minutes). “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.” Three months later, Ferrer will lose another final being three points away from victory, and winning 14 points fewer, in Vienna.
Mayer’s route to his maiden title (90th main-level event):
1 Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-2
2 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(1), 7-6(3)
3 Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2
Q Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 7-5
S Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-4
W David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4)
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