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Ferrer, Nishikori Reach Third Round

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Nishikori© Getty ImagesKei Nishikori finished strongly to secure his third-round berth.

World No. 6 David Ferrer cruised through his opening match Wednesday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, dismissing Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic 6-0, 6-3 in just 58 minutes. The Spaniard notched his 25th match win of the season as he broke serve five times and won 78 per cent of points behind his first serve.

The 30-year-old Ferrer improved to a 22-9 match record in Barcelona, where he is a three-time runner-up (2008, 2009 & 2011). The right-hander is chasing his fourth ATP World Tour title of the season this week, following victories in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco).

Ferrer goes onto face Spanish veteran Albert Montanes, who saved four match points to oust 15th-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and 19 minutes. The 31 year old, a Barcelona resident, is a winner of five ATP World Tour clay-court titles and was a semi-finalist at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament in 2004 (l. to Gaudio).

Eighth seed Kei Nishikori reached the third round after finishing strongly to beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. The Japanese No. 1 converted five of his 11 break points to claim victory in two hours and 16 minutes.

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Seventh seed Feliciano Lopez was untroubled in reaching the third round, defeating Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-4, 6-3. He earned a meeting with Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 winner over Argentine lucky loser Eduardo Schwank.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson set a third-round clash with ninth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The No. 13 seed held his nerve in two tie-breaks to beat Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in one hour and 55 minutes.

Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo will face second seed Andy Murray in the third round after defeating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes. World No. 54 Giraldo saved all four break points he faced against Haase, who was a quarter-finalist (l. to Djokovic) at last week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Canadian No. 11 seed Milos Raonic recorded another straight-sets win as he defeated Russia’s Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-1. In a dominant serving display, Raonic dropped just seven points and broke his opponent on three occasions for victory in 74 minutes. He goes onto face sixth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

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