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

SOELDEN, Austria — 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.