David Ferrer motivated to continue following Swedish success


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David Ferrer insists his victory in the Swedish Open on Sunday has given him extra motivation to continue playing.

The 35-year-old secured his first ATP Tour title in two years by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov during Sunday’s final in Bastad, the 27th tournament success of his illustrious singles career.

The Spaniard had been struggling for form prior to his Swedish success, failing to make it past the last-16 stage of any of his previous six events, a dip in form that had seen slip down to 46th in the world rankings.

Ferrer has now shot back up to number 33 in the world following his victory in Sweden and he insists the success has now given him the belief and confidence to continue playing for another season at least.

“I know it will very difficult to get back to the Top 10,” Ferrer told the ATP Tour website.

“But if I stay competitive like this week, I will play next year for sure. I still enjoy playing tennis, but it’s different.”

Ferrer will be hoping to continue his return to form at this week’s German Open.

The former world number three is the eighth seed for the tournament in Hamburg and he will face Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round on Tuesday.

Ferrer is priced at 1.25 to secure a first round success, while Basilashvili is available at 3.75.

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