Ferrer Opens Hamburg Campaign; Thiem Saves 1 M.P.
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Ferrer won the final five games to claim victory in one hour and 56 minutes. He improved to a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the 53rd-ranked Kukushkin, whom he defeated for a third time this season.
The World No. 7 is making his eighth appearance at this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament, and achieved his best result in 2009 when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Davydenko).
The 20-year-old Austrian has risen from No. 139 to No. 55 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this year. He will now play Leonardo Mayer, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over wild card Peter Gojowczyk, or No. 10 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, this season’s Grand Prix Hassan II titlist (d. Granollers).
Feature: Thiem - Emirates ATP Rankings Star Of Tomorrow (February 2014)
Santiago Giraldo, the No. 11 seed, joined Ferrer, Robredo and Thiem in the third round by beating Benoit Paire 7-6(6), 6-2 in 83 minutes. Giraldo finished runner-up to Kei Nishikori in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell final in April.
Jerzy Janowicz avoided a 10th exit in an opening round this year when he saved all four break points he faced to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 7-5. He will now face fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.
Marrero/Verdasco Start Strong In Hamburg Second seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco won in their opening match at the bet-at-home Open, as they continued their quest for a team title in 2014. The Spaniards, reigning champions at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, defeated ‘Polish Power’ Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in an hour-long battle 6-3, 6-3.
Colin Fleming and Julian Knowle also advanced Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Oliver Marach and Julian Knowle, while the pairing of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald prevailed against Federico Delbonis and Joao Sousa 6-3, 4-6, 11-9.