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Ferrer To Open Against Young In Auckland; Kohlschreiber Prevails

Auckland, New Zealand

Young© photosportDonald Young will face David Ferrer in the second round.

Top seed and four-time champion David Ferrer will begin his title defence against Donald Young after the American qualifier opened with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Argentine Federico Delbonis on Tuesday at the Heineken Open.

Young, currently No. 96 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, recorded his 40th tour-level win and first since a first-round victory at the US Open. Ferrer has won three straight Auckland titles, and will be going for his 550th match win when the two meet.

German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the No. 5 seed and 2008 champion, survived a scare in his first-round match. The 30 year old, who also finished runner-up to Ferrer last year, defeated Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the 2013 Most Improved Player of the Year, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. 

Sixth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire cruised past Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-2 in 49 minutes. He dropped just six points on serve and capitalised on three of his six break point chances. 

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Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez went the distance to defeat eighth-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase, prevailing 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) after two hours and 11 minutes. 

New Zealand’s top player, 288th-ranked Jose Rubin Statham, fell to Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-1 in 69 minutes. Lacko will next play third-seeded American John Isner, who won his first ATP World Tour title at this tournament in 2010.  

Rain in Auckland curtailed the end of the day’s action, with the first-round contests between Marcos Baghdatis and Steve Johnson, Bradley Klahn and Daniel Brands being postponed until Wednesday.

In doubles, No. 2 seeds Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo knocked out Tommy Haas and Andre Sa 6-1, 6-4, while No. 3 seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers defeated Statham and countryman Michael Venus 6-4, 6-4. 

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