David Ferrer rallies to beat Steve Johnson in Vienna for 26th ATP title

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Eighth-ranked David Ferrer clinched his 26th career win after rallying to defeat Steve Johnson of the United States 4–6, 6–4, 7–5 at the Erste Bank Open Sunday.

The top-seeded Spaniard improved to 5–0 in finals this season after also winning in Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, and Kuala Lumpur.

The victory has all but secured him a spot at next month's season-ending ATP finals in London.

The 47th-ranked Johnson, who was playing in his maiden final, took a quick 3–0 lead. He lost serve at 4–2 but broke Ferrer again at 5–4 to close out the first set. Three straight breaks at the start gave Ferrer an early advantage in the second.

The final set went with serve until Johnson led 5–4 before Ferrer won the last three games.

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