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Ferrer Records 250th Hard-Court Win; Murray Overcomes Andujar

Acapulco, Mexico

Ferrer© MextenisDavid Ferrer is making his eighth appearance at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

David Ferrer has thrived on the clay-courts of Acapulco, winning three straight titles from 2010-12 and finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2013. On Tuesday, the top-seeded Spaniard made himself at home on the new surface of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel and recorded his 250th match win on hard courts.

Ferrer defeated Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes, as he converted on three of his 16 break points and saved the two faced on serve.

The World No. 4 will next face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Ferrer has won their past four meetings to take the 7-6 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Three days after holding match points against Rafael Nadal on clay at the Rio Open, Spaniard Pablo Andujar had another member of the ATP's elite on the ropes Tuesday night in Acapulco.

The 34th-ranked Andujar won the first five games of his match against Andy Murray and opened up a set and break lead, before the second seed reeled off six straight games to draw level. Murray broke for a 3-2 lead in the third set and faced down three break points in the next game. He broke Andujar one more time before serving out the two-hour victory, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

World No. 7 Murray is making his first appearance in Latin America and next faces Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who recovered from a slow start to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. 

Ivo Karlovic edged third-seeded American John Isner 7-6(4), 7-6(5) to move ahead 3-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head. They tied the record for most consecutive tie-break sets played, matching Ivan Ljubicic and Marat Safin’s mark of eight in a row. 

FedEx ATP Performance Zone: Tie-Break Titans

The 6'11" Croat fired 15 aces to take his season total to 236 in 13 matches, while the 6'10" Isner added eight for a total of 156 through 10 matches. Marin Cilic currently leads the ATP World Tour with 247 aces through 22 matches.

Fifth seed Kevin Anderson, who finished runner-up to Cilic on Sunday in Delray Beach, opened with a 6-2, 7-6(7) win over French qualifier Stephane Robert.

Seventh seed Ernests Gulbis, last week’s Marseille champion, wasted no time in posting a 6-1, 6-1 win over Yen-Hsun Lu. Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov took 68 minutes to dismiss eighth-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-2.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 4 seed, advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic in one hour and 18 minutes. Sixth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon also reached the second round as he dismissed American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-1, 6-2.

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