ROLAND GARROS 2013
Ferrer, Tsonga, Cilic Reach Third Round
by ATP Staff|
Ferrer committed 21 unforced errors in recording his fifth win over Open de Nice Côte d'Azur champion Montanes, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 41 minutes, to take his place in the third round for the ninth straight year. “I'm very, very satisfied, because I think I played very good tennis,” said Ferrer, who will now play another countryman, Feliciano Lopez.
“It's going to be a tough match,” said Ferrer. “Feli is a player who serves really powerfully. It's not easy, not comfortable. I'll have to be careful.” Lopez beat Joao Sousa 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who leads French hopes of a first singles titlist since Yannick Noah in 1983, hit eight aces and 35 winners to beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 56 minutes. Nieminen last beat a Top 10 player (Juan Martin del Potro) at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April. “It's positive pressure, because I have everything to win and I would say nothing to lose,” said Tsonga. “If I go far in this tournament or if I win, it's going to be something huge.”
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Tsonga now faces No. 25 seed Jeremy Chardy, a fellow Frenchman, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. Tsonga admitted, “It will be a tricky match. Jeremy plays very well at Roland Garros. He’ll be entering the court with a massive game behind him. And it's up to me, then, to be solid and to show him that I deserve the ranking that I hold.”
Tenth seed Marin Cilic ended the spirited run of Nick Kyrgios, this year's Australian Open junior champion, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Cilic won 32 of his 35 first service points. He will next challenge Viktor Troicki, a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-7(7), 6-4 victor over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic earned a confidence boosting win over Nicolas Mahut, a French wild card, in the first round. Tipsarevic broke a three-match losing streak in a 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-1 victory and will now play Fernando Verdasco. “A straight set victory against any Frenchman is a big victory in my book, especially at Roland Garros,” said Tipsarevic, who took an ice bath ahead of his press conference. “I am just happy that I was able to cope with the pressure.”
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