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Gabashvili To Face Ferrer In Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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Four-time finalist David Ferrer, who rose one spot to No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, will challenge Teymuraz Gabashvili in his first match at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Gabashvili Monday beat Michal Przysiezny for the second time in three weeks, 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes. The pair had clashed on Davis Cup duty.

Former Barcelona champions Tommy Robredo and Fernando Verdasco will respectively open their campaigns against Australian Marinko Matosevic and Frenchman Kenny De Schepper. Matosevic cruised past Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-2, while De Schepper closed out a 6-3, 7-5 win over Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan.

Santiago Giraldo will meet Fabio Fognini for the third time on clay in the second round. Giraldo set up a meeting with the third seed after he defeated Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2 in just under one hour. Fognini has a 30-4 clay-court record since last year’s Roland Garros.

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Four Spaniards advanced on the opening day of main draw action. Roberto Bautista Agut dismissed Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 in 61 minutes to set up a second-round meeting with No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori. Wild card Inigo Cervantes, meanwhile, needed more than two hours to rally past Kazakhstani Aleksandr Nedovyesov 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Gimeno-Traver In two all-Spanish openers, Daniel Gimeno-Traver beat wild card Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 7-5 and Albert Montanes defeated qualifier Marc Lopez 7-6(4), 6-2. Gimeno-Traver will now play ninth seed Ernests Gulbis, who won his fifth ATP World Tour title in February at the Open 13 (d. Tsonga), and Montanes will face eighth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, a finalist earlier this year at the Rio Open (l. to Nadal).

Elsewhere at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, the oldest Spanish tennis club, qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov won 12 of the last 15 games to beat Barcelona resident Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Kuznetsov goes on to face No. 12 seed Marin Cilic, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles and a 23-7 match record this season.

Another qualifier, 20-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, made his Barcelona debut by knocking out Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 11 minutes. He will next play Spaniard Marcel Granollers, the No. 14 seed.

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