UNICEF OPEN 2012
Ferrer Opens Grass-Court Campaign
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
The Spaniard, who was playing his first match since reaching the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Nadal), broke Duclos three times from nine opportunities and won 76 per cent of points on serve to claim victory in one hour and 32 minutes.
The 30-year-old Ferrer has an 8-1 match record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament, having won the title on his debut in 2008 (d. Gicquel) and reached the quarter-finals the following year (l. to Navarro).
Eighth seed Lukasz Kubot also advanced, dismissing Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes. The Pole, who is making his debut in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, converted four of six break points and dropped just 12 points on serve. He evened up his season match record to 15-15.
Serbia’s Viktor Troicki was upset in the first round by former Wimbledon semi-finalist, Xavier Malisse. The Belgian player withstood 11 aces to defeat the second-seeded Troicki 7-6(4), 6-2 in 70 minutes. The 31-year-old Malisse has reached the last four in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the past two years, falling to Dmitry Tursunov last year and to Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2010.
France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who reached the third round at The Queen’s Club last week after beating four-time champion Andy Roddick, continued his good grass-court form. The 28 year old ousted seventh-seeded Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-4, 6-4 in 90 minutes. He goes onto face Italian Flavio Cipolla, who was leading 4-2 when his countryman, Potito Starace, retired with a back injury.