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Ferrer Battles To Win; Cilic Storms Through In Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Ferrer© Mutua Madrid OpenDavid Ferrer will play John Isner or Marinko Matosevic in the Madrid third round.

Fifth seed David Ferrer came through a near three-hour battle against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos for a place in the Mutua Madrid Open third round. 

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

Marin Cilic, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles this year, hit seven aces and lost just eight of his service points in a crushing 6-1, 6-1 victory over Joao Sousa in 54 minutes. 

"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.

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