Acapulco, Mexico (Sports Network) - Top seed David Ferrer successfully defended his title at the Mexican Open by beating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in three sets, preventing history in the process.
Ferrer moved to 6-0 all-time against Almagro while also stopping his opponent's 13-match winning streak with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 triumph on the red clay at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess.
Almagro was trying to become the first player to win three of the four Latin American clay court tournaments. Since the circuit began in 2001, linking Santiago, Costa do Sauipe, Buenos Aires and Acapulco, no player has won more than two such titles in the same year. Last year, Juan Carlos Ferrero won Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires and made the final here, one win away from the Latin American swing record, but he was stopped by Ferrer. It was deja vu this year, as Ferrer captured his 11th career title -- second this year -- to grab the $264,000 first-place prize.
Almagro, who won this event in 2008 and '09, was trying for his third title this year and 10th of his career. Despite the loss, his 18 match wins are the most on the ATP World Tour this season.
02/27 01:20:56 ET