HEINEKEN OPEN 2014
Ferrer Fights Back; Americans Excel
Auckland, New Zealand
by ATP Staff|
Top seed and four-time champion David Ferrer secured his 550th tour-level win at Auckland’s Heineken Open on Wednesday, surviving a first-set scare against American qualifier Donald Young to win 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1. The World No. 3 set set up a quarter-final encounter with fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
After trading three breaks apiece in the first set, Ferrer— playing his first match of the tournament after receiving a first-round bye—hit his stride in the second to comfortably overcome the World No. 96 without facing another break point.
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Sock, 14 years Haas's junior, broke the World No. 12 three times en route to his best career victory. Last year in Memphis, he knocked out a 14th-ranked Milos Raonic in the first round. Sock, currently No. 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, advances to his third tour-level quarter-final and next meets Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over sixth seed Benoit Paire
Isner claimed his first ATP World Tour title at this tournament in 2010, and next faces another former Auckland champion, Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Following a three-set test in his opening match Tuesday, the fifth-seeded Kohlschreiber cruised through with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Argentine Horacio Zeballos. The German won the Auckland title in 2008 and finished runner-up to David Ferrer last year.
Two Americans won their first-round matches earlier Wednesday, in contests delayed by rain the previous evening. Lucky loser Steve Johnson knocked out 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4, while qualifier Bradley Klahn completed a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over German Daniel Brands.