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Ferrer Fights Past Bautista Agut, Next Plays Dolgopolov In Third Round

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Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer reached the quarter-finals last year (l. to Murray).

Fourth seed David Ferrer drew on his big-match experience to beat Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday for a place in the third round of The Championships.

On an overcast day, when light rain delayed the start of play on the outside courts, Ferrer won the first all-Spanish clash at Wimbledon in four years, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5.

Bautista Agut, currently No. 60 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, proved Ferrer’s equal in baseline rallies. Though Ferrer’s quality shined in the first set, when he hit 13 winners and converted two of his six break point opportunities, the roles were reversed in the second set. Six of Bautista Agut’s 12 winners came on return of serve as he broke once in the seventh game.

Ferrer led 5-2 in the third set, but was broken twice to ensure a tense end. At 4-4 in the tie-break Bautista Agut struck a double fault, which Ferrer capitalised on. In the fourth set, Ferrer tightened up his service game. He lost just five of his service points, which helped him to complete his 39th match win of the season in three hours.

"I am improving my game on grass courts," said Ferrer. "I am trying to serve wide a lot of times and go to the net to finish points. Today, I play better than the first round. Roberto played a very good match. He was very tough."

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Ferrer, who will rise to a career-high World No. 3 on Monday, 8 July, or Bautista Agut will next play No. 26 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Dolgopolov hit 40 winners to beat Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes. The match had been interrupted by rain at 6-4, 3-0 on Thursday evening. Dolgopolov won 19 of his 24 net points.

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Tommy Haas, the No. 13 seed, beat qualifier Jimmy Wang in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting for almost eight years. 

"You can never underestimate any player out there," said Haas. "I just tried to play my game. I felt like I served pretty well and played solid in the right moments."

The 35-year-old Haas made light of the damp conditions on Court 18 to record a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory and goes on to meet Feliciano Lopez, who won the Aegon International title (d. Simon) on Saturday.

"He obviously is feeling pretty good, no question about it, winning in Eastbourne. He's been having quite an interesting year in my eyes. It’s going to be tough. He's been in the quarters here three times in his career. He's got a great grass-court game."

Haas reached the 2009 semi-finals (l. to Federer).

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