MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Ferrer Battles To Win; Cilic Storms Through In Madrid
by ATP Staff|
Ferrer converted five of his 12 break point opportunities to beat the wild card entry 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and 50 minutes.
“Albert was playing very well,” said Ferrer. “He wasn't missing a lot of balls and it was really tough for me.” He will next play ninth seed John Isner, who won a doubles match with Tomas Berdych today, or Marinko Matosevic.
"The crucial part was in the first set," said Cilic, who will play qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round. "I think I played well and I converted both of the break points I had. That made the difference and it became a little bit easier. After I broke him for 2-1 in the second set, the match went quickly."
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut backed up his first-round win over 16th-seeded countryman Tommy Robredo with a 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 victory over Madrid native and two-time quarter-finalist Fernando Verdasco in two hours.
"I think it has a lot of merit, the match I won today," said Bautista Agut. "Verdasco was playing superior to be for a great part of it, especially in the first set and part of the second set. After trying and putting all of it into the game, I managed to win the second set. The third set I think I played really good tennis."
Japan's Kei Nishikori, the No. 10 seed, extended his winning streak to seven matches by dismissing Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-1. Both players had won ATP World Tour titles last month, Nishikori at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and Garcia-Lopez at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.