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Ferrer Opens Acapulco Title Defence; Wawrinka Edges Ferrero

Acapulco, Mexico

Simon© MextenisGilles Simon lost on his Acapulco debut.

Top seed David Ferrer opened his bid for a third straight Abierto Mexicano Telcel title Tuesday night with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Mexican Santiago Gonzalez, who was playing his final singles tournament on the ATP World Tour.

Ferrer saved five break points and broke Gonzalez four times from seven opportunities, closing out the win in 64 minutes. The World No. 5, who picked up his second title of 2012 last week in Buenos Aires (d. Almagro), improved to a 14-1 season record.

Another two-time Acapulco champion, No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro, was extended to three sets before closing out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Pere Riba. Almagro finished runner-up to Ferrer last year at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament, and also on Sunday at the Copa Claro.

Stanislas Wawrinka earned a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over 2010 finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero earlier Tuesday. He evened the FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series against the former World No. 1 at 3-all, with wins in their past three meetings. 

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Wawrinka, a semi-finalist last week in Buenos Aires, next faces Albert Ramos. The Spanaird held a 7-6(2), 5-3 lead over No. 6 seed Juan Monaco in his first-round match when the Argentine retired with heat exhaustion.

Argentine Carlos Berlocq upset Frenchman Gilles Simon for a second straight week, knocking out the No. 3 seed 7-6(5), 6-3 in two hours and 31 minutes. Simon finished his ‘Golden Swing’ debut with a 1-3 record. He bowed out in the second round of Sao Paulo (l. to Nalbandian) and Buenos Aires (l. to Berlocq).

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan spent 52 minutes on court in his Acapulco debut, holding a 6-2, 4-1 lead when Spaniard Albert Montanes retired from the match with a back injury.

Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco cruised into the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Italian Filippo Volandri in 56 minutes. Verdasco reached the final on his Acapulco debut in 2004 (l. to Moya).

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