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Tursunov Shocks Ferrer; Raonic, Monaco Advance

Barcelona, Spain

Tursunov© Manuel QueimadelosDmitry Tursunov notched his 11th win over a Top 10 opponent.

World No. 66 Dmitry Tursunov inflicted a shock defeat on David Ferrer Wednesday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, defeating the World No. 4 and four-time runner-up 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round.

The 30-year-old Tursunov is playing his first clay-court tournament of the season and improved to a 9-4 match record. The Russian recorded the 11th Top 10 win of his career as he converted seven of his nine break point opportunities for victory in just under two hours. 

“It wasn't Ferrer's best match. He didn't play his best tennis,” assessed Tursunov. “He had the advantage over me because he's been playing on clay. But I played very quickly and I didn't make it easy for him. Ferrer was the favourite based on surface and ranking. It was a match where there were a lot of opportunities for both players.”

The 31-year-old Ferrer was playing his first match since finishing runner-up to Andy Murray in a third-set tie-break in the Miami final last month. The Spaniard was forced to miss the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week due to a thigh injury sustained in Miami. 

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Fifth seed Milos Raonic cruised into the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The Canadian set a clash with Ernests Gulbis as he won 76 per cent of service points and broke Roger-Vasselin three times to prevail in 70 minutes.

The 22-year-old Raonic knocked out Nicolas Almagro and Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals of this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament last year (l. to Ferrer). The right-hander holds a 2-0 advantage over Gulbis in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, including victory two years ago on clay in Monte-Carlo.

Bulgarian No. 14 seed Grigor Dimitrov was unable to build on his impressive quarter-final showing against Rafael Nadal in Monte-Carlo last week, falling to Spain’s Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-1 in 79 minutes. Former World No. 5 Robredo came into the tournament on the back of his first title in two years in Casablanca (d. Anderson) and is a former champion in Barcelona, lifting the trophy in 2004 (d. Gaudio).

Juan Monaco needed just 49 minutes to advance, dismissing Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-2. The seventh-seeded Argentine converted all five of his break points and lost just 11 points on serve as he claimed his eighth win of the season.

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