Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer clinched his career’s first ATP title when he beat top seed David Ferrer, winning the bet-at-home Open final in Hamburg, to the delight of many fans and pay per head sportsbooks.
Price per head services saw that a 27-year-old Mayer came from a set down to beat Ferrer, eventually edging in two hours and 20 minutes a very exciting match at 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 7-6 (7/4).
But pay per head sportsbooks were impressed to see Mayer keep his level and in a one-sided second set, two unanswered breaks made sure that he was back on track.
In the decider, Mayer served for the match at 5-4, but the player could not get over the line with the Argentine breaking back – leaving fans and pay head sportsbooks at the edge of their seats – and the match was then decided in another tie-break.
However, pay per head sportsbooks saw that the Argentine wasn’t denied, and the player held his nerve to win his maiden Tour victory, stating: “I can’t believe it!
“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.
“At the start of the match, I was a little tense. But I relaxed and started to play better. He also made some mistakes that got me back into the match. I tried to enjoy it and that’s why I won, I think.
“I wasn’t the top favourite, but I gave it all my strength, power and energy because I absolutely wanted to win.”
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Ferrer said: “He was better in the match. I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressive than me and nothing else.”