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David Ferrer crowned 2011 The Boodles champion

David Ferrer is the 2011 The Boodles champion after a 7-5, 4-6, 10-5 win over David Nalbandian in the singles final.

Ferrer and Nalbandian dodged showers at Stoke Park during the final and were even forced off by rain when the match was delicately poised at one-set all. Just as Nalbandian had levelled the match and the players prepared for the Champions’ Tiebreak, play was suspended and the players and fans endured a 30-minute wait before The Boodles 2011 title was decided.

“I enjoyed it a lot. I would like to come back next year,” said Ferrer, who was making his The Boodles debut in 2011. “This is very good preparation for Wimbledon. It is a good grass court and now I hope for a good tournament in Wimbledon.”

Nalbandian, who was making his eighth appearance at The Boodles, took defeat with good humour and said he was satisfied with his week’s work at Stoke Park. “I came here in 2003 for the first time and now I come here every year,” said the Argentinean. “I think I’m going to be ready for Wimbledon. I think the matches here really help us all.”

The singles competition ended on a high note with a surprise performance by three opera singers - disguised as a security guard, a groundsman and a hostess respectively- who suddenly began serenading the Centre Court. They sang several numbers, including Andy Williams’ hit “Can’t Take my Eyes off You” and “Nessum Dorma”, as the crowd, ballgirls, sponsors and players linked arms and swayed along to the music. The surprise performance was rounded off with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” to The Boodles to mark the tournament’s tenth anniversary.

Earlier in the day, ten-time grand slam champions and World No.1 doubles team the Bryan Brothers had entertained guests in the Players’ Enclosure with a light-hearted question-and-answer session. After the singles final, they showed their talents on the court with a pro-set against British pair Chris Eaton and Joshua Goodall, winning 8-2.

A memorable final day of the 2011 tournament ended with an impressive pro-set from British junior Wimbledon hopefuls Liam Broady and Kyle Edmund, which Broady won 8-4.

Players who played at The Boodles in 2011

Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic
David Ferrer
David Nalbandian
Gilles Simon
Gael Monfils
Richard Gasquest
Juan Martin Del Potro
Fernando Verdasco
Tommy Haas
Tommy Robredo
Viktor Troiki
Alexandr Dolgopolov
Mike and Bob Bryan
Joshua Goodall
Chris Eaton
Liam Broady
Kyle Edmund