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Ferrer tops Wawrinka, defends title at Buenos Aires

Top-seeded and defending champion David Ferrer captured his second consecutive title at Buenos Aires by taking out Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets at the clay-court final of the Copa Claro tennis event on Sunday.

The world No. 4 Spaniard had a second set hiccup before breezing through the final set in taking a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 decision over the third-seeded Wawrinka. In 10 all-time matchups against the native of Switzerland, Ferrer has been victorious in seven of the meetings.

"I am very happy for this title. I cannot describe it with other words," said Ferrer. "It's very hard to win back-to-back titles, and this tournament in Buenos Aires is always very tough. I am very proud."

With the victory, Ferrer pocketed $84,550 and captured the 20th singles title of his career and his second of the year. The 30-year-old was victorious in Auckland last month.

Ferrer now has 10 victories in title matches on clay courts, moving him into a third place tie with Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko for most among active players.

For Wawrinka, who fell to 3-7 in championship events, it was his first ATP World Tour final appearance since winning Chennai in January 2011.

"I think David was better today. He was a little bit stronger than me and he deserved the victory," said Wawrinka. "But I'm really happy with my week. It was important to play well and win some great matches, especially the semi- final yesterday. It was a great week for me so I need to take the positives from that."