Auckland: World No. 5 and top seed David Ferrer beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Saturday to win the Heineken Open title for the third-straight year and fourth time overall.
Ferrer matched the record of the great Australian Roy Emerson who won the Auckland singles crown in 1960, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Spain's Ferrer claimed the title in for the first time in 2007 and now in the past three years.
Ferrer received an email from Emerson just before the final, wishing him well in his effort to equal his record. The Spaniard, who heads now to the Australian Open, said he would definitely return in 2014 to try and achieve a record fifth win.