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Ferrer Opens Hamburg Campaign; Thiem Saves 1 M.P.

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Top seed David Ferrer completed a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Mikhail Kukushkin in his second-round opener on Tuesday at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg.

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).

Ferrer next faces the winner between Juan Monaco and No. 16 seed Andreas Seppi. Monaco, the 2012 champion (d. Haas), swept past Pere Riba 6-3, 6-1 in just 54 minutes. 

Dominic Thiem saved one match point and fought back from a 3-5 deficit in the third set to knock out eighth seed Marcel Granollers 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just under two-and-a-half hours.

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)

Third seed Tommy Robredo, the 2006 champion, defeated a fellow Spaniard, qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-2, 7-5 for a third-round berth. He now has a 21-14 record on the year.

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.

Martin Klizan, the winner of the BMW Open by FWU AG (d. Fognini) two months ago, won 83 per cent of his first service points to top Igor Sijsling 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. 

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.

They go on to face 2014 Roland Garros semi-finalists Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea; the Croatian-Romanian duo eked out a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 10-8 victory against Carlos Berlocq and Andreas Seppi.

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.

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