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Ferrer Wins Centre Court Opener; 2010 Finalist Berdych Beats Klizan

Wimbledon, England

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesWorld No. 4 David Ferrer will play fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.

Fourth seed David Ferrer battled past Martin Alund, currently No. 101 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and making his debut at The Championships, on Tuesday.

Ferrer, contesting his 11th successive Wimbledon, won 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Centre Court to improve to a 38-11 match record on the season. He goes on to meet fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) winner over qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili

“It is difficult to play on grass for my game,” said Ferrer, who fell on his left ankle on two occasions during the match. “It is very difficult to defend. Today, the key was the third set. In the important moments, he was a little bit nervous. I am happy, because I am in second round, but I know that I have to improve my game.”

Earlier this month, Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam championship final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal). He is a two-time champion at the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, winning the 2008 (d. Gicquel) and 2012 (d. Petzschner) titles.

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Seventh seed Tomas Berdych, who finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the 2010 Wimbledon final, survived a potentially tricky opener against Martin Klizan, with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory. This is his 40th straight major championship appearance. He has been ever-present in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010.

Three days after meeting in the Aegon International final at Eastbourne, Feliciano Lopez and No. 19 seed Gilles Simon squared off once again. Lopez, who picked up his third title on Saturday with a 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-0 win, got the better of Simon against with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(11) victory in two hours and two minutes. Lopez, who saved six set points in the third set tie-break, won 92 per cent of his first service points and hit 21 aces for his 25th match win at SW19.

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