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Ferrer scores three-peat in Acapulco



Acapulco, Mexico (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer breezed past fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco, 6-1, 6-2 Saturday night to win the title at the $1.155 million Mexican Open for a third straight year.

The victory in 70 minutes gave Ferrer his third championship of 2012. He also won titles in Auckland in January and in Buenos Aires last week. Ranked sixth in the world, Ferrer moved his match record to a sparkling 18-1 this year.

Ferrer won 71 percent of his second-serve points to just 33 percent for the eighth-seeded Verdasco, who was making his first final showing in Acapulco since 2004. His last title came in Barcelona in April 2010.

"I am very, very happy," Ferrer said. "I played my best match of the week tonight. I felt I was very solid and my game went really well. As Fernando hits so hard, I knew I had to be solid and counter him and I think I did it very well, especially at the beginning. I also know Fernando didn't play his best tennis today but that's tennis. You have good days and sometimes bad days."

Ferrer, who holds 14 career titles, earned $277,915 for the win.

03/04 03:31:06 ET