Buenos Aires, Argentina: Spain's David Ferrer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Copa Claro clay-court event, winning his third straight title in Buenos Aires.
Ferrer, the top seed, won his first title of 2014 after losing in the second round at Doha, in the semifinals at Auckland and in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who will return to the No. 4 spot in the ATP rankings Monday, received a last-minute invitation after countryman and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew, citing lack of preparation.