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Ferrer, Tsonga, Cilic Reach Third Round

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Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer has reached the Roland Garros third round for the ninth consecutive year.

Fourth seed and last year's semi-finalist David Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

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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