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Ferrer Blasts Past Nieminen; Cilic Falls

Paris, France

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2005 and 2008.

World No. 7 David Ferrer, a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, hit 29 winners past Jarkko Nieminen for a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win on Sunday.

Ferrer committed 16 unforced errors, dropped just nine point on serve and hit four aces for victory in 85 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. He has a 17-5 match record on clay courts this year, including a title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Almagro).

"I always hope I get good performances in Paris," said Ferrer. "I think you need to take it step by step, one match after the other, because all matches are different."

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Croatian Marin Cilic, the No. 19 seed and 2005 junior singles titlist, lost to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 in just under three hours. Cilic committed 67 unforced errors to drop to a 21-12 season record.

"The truth is that when I saw the draw, it wasn't very good for me, but I knew that with a little luck I'd win," said 33-year-old Ramirez Hidalgo, who will next face countryman Albert Montanes.

Montanes defeated French lucky loser Marc Gicquel 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 45 minutes. Montanes was originally scheduled to meet former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, but the Australian was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury shortly before the start of play.

Sergiy Stakhovsky, the No. 31 seed, advanced to the second round for the second time in three years with a battling 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over French qualifier David Guez in two hours and 53 minutes. It is the first time the Ukrainian has been seeded at a Grand Slam championship. He goes onto face Kei Nishikori.

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