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Ferrer Fights Back; Americans Excel

Auckland, New Zealand

Sock© Getty ImagesJack Sock upset No. 2 seed Tommy Haas.

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.

Jack Sock dealt No. 2 seed Tommy Haas a loss in his first match of the 2014 season, upsetting the 35-year-old German 6-4, 6-4 on a successful afternoon for the American contingent in Auckland.

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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 

John Isner, the No. 3 seed, followed Sock on Centre Court with a 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2 win over Slovakian Lukas Lacko. The 6'10" American struck 21 aces in his 2014 season opener. 

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.

They returned to the court later in the day and produced mixed results. Johnson defeated fourth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4, while Klahn fell to Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3. 

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