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Ferrer Makes Successful Return To Clay

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ferrer© Sergio Llamera-Copa Claro Defending champion David Ferrer was untroubled in his opener.

World No. 4 David Ferrer wasted little time in dismissing No. 186 Agustin Velotti in his first clay-court match of the season on Wednesday, dismissing the Argentine wild card 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.

In the 79-minute victory, Ferrer broke serve four times from 11 opportunities and won 75 per cent of points behind his first serve. The Spaniard, who is playing his first event since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic), is the defending champion in Buenos Aires, having defeated Nicolas Almagro in last year’s final. He also reached the final in 2010 (l. to Ferrero).

Ferrer goes on to face last week’s Brasil Open 2013 runner-up, David Nalbandian, who battled past fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes. Nalbandian lost out to Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s Sao Paulo final, playing in his first tournament since August 2012. The Cordoba native won the Buenos Aires title in 2008 with victory over Jose Acasuso.

Sixth seed Fabio Fognini also advanced, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 in 88 minutes. The Italian will look to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season when he faces lucky loser Marco Trungelliti in the second round. Trungelliti was brought into the main draw when Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo withdrew due to a right ankle injury. He then advanced when his opponent, qualifier Facundo Arguello, retired in the third set of their match with an abdominal injury. Trungelliti had been leading 4-6, 6-3, 1-0.

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