16 Feb 2018

Spotlight On... Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol - January 2018


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Hammamet OpenSergio Gutierrez-Ferrol (ESP)

January 2018


Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol
(5 March 1989)

Played: 3 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 27 Sets              Lost: 6 Sets
Won: 181 Games                Lost: 99 Games

Also competed in 3 doubles events 


The start of a New Year sees Spaniard Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol come under the tennis spotlight.

This month, 28-year-old Gutierrez-Ferrol competed in, and reached the singles final of, three Tunisian based tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit.

In the doubles events he, and partners Sergi Perez Contri (twice) and Yan Bondarevskiy, lost out to the eventual title winners in each of the three tournaments but success was to come his way in singles play.

The first of these came as a Wild Card entrant and having lost his opening set of 2018, the third seed bounced back to take 12 of the next 14 games to wrap-up a 46 60 62 win.

Three straight sets wins then carried him into the final where he claimed a first title since last September when opponent Jeremy Jahn, seeded two, retired from the match with Gutierrez-Ferrol up 4-0 in the deciding set.

Staying at the same venue, which would also be used again in his final tournament of the month, Gutierrez-Ferrol once more won through to the final as third seed, dropping just one set en route to eighth seed Peter Nagy in a semifinal win.

Fellow Spaniard Jordi Samper-Montana, the sixth seed, was his opponent in the final. The two had met in the previous week’s semifinal which Gutierrez-Ferrol won in straight sets but, this time, it was Samper-Montana who came out on top. His three set victory denying Gutierrez-Ferrol the chance to record back-to-back singles title wins for the first time.

His final tournament of the month saw him return to title winning ways as he and Samper-Montana resumed their January duel when meeting in the final once more.

Their third encounter in as many weeks was again close and a three set win saw Gutierrez-Ferrol claim his 17th career singles title – all of which had come on clay – from 25 final appearances dating back to July 2008 for the former Top 200 ranked player.