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Ferrer Saves 2 M.P. Vs Kohlschreiber; Raonic Breezes Through Opener

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic is No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Sixth seed David Ferrer claimed his 150th match win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level as he prevailed in a evenly fought battle against German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open.

Ferrer saved two match points at 5-6, 15/40, in the second set, before edging the 24th-ranked Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4). Both players won 70 per cent of their first-serve points and dropped serve twice during the two hour, 41-minute match.

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The 32-year-old Ferrer, coming off a quarter-final effort in Toronto (l. to Federer), is currently seventh in the list of all-time Masters 1000 wins leaders. Roger Federer became the first player to reach 300 wins at this level with his victory Wednesday.

Ferrer will next meet Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 5-3, taking their most recent meeting last autumn in the Valencia final. Youzhny backed up his first-round win over Rogers Cup champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic opened his Cincinnati campaign with a 6-2, 6-2 rout of American wild card Robby Ginepri. Raonic won 80 per cent of points on his serve (32 of 40) and fired 11 aces during the 53-minute encounter, their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

The World No. 7 has reached the quarter-finals or better at five of his last six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, including his loss in the final eight to Feliciano Lopez last week in Toronto. Raonic claimed his sixth title at the Citi Open earlier this month (d. Pospisil).

The Toronto native next faces Ginepri’s countryman Steve Johnson, who scored an upset of ninth seed Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes. The 24-year-old wild card, making his first main draw appearance in Cincinnati, improved to a 2-0 record against the Latvian.

No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo advanced earlier in the day, dismissing American wild card Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in just under an hour as he converted all four of his break points.  Robredo, a two-time Cincinnati semi-finalist, will play top seed Novak Djokovic for a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Marin Cilic set up a third-round meeting with third seed Stan Wawrinka after denying Fernando Verdasco his 400th match win. The 14th-seeded Cilic took two hours to beat the Spaniard 7-6(6), 7-6(5).

Verdasco was looking to become the 12th active player to reach 400 wins, and the first since Youzhny in January 2013. 

Ferrer and Cilic both notched their 40th match wins of the season, third-best on the ATP World Tour behind Federer (45) and Rafael Nadal (44).

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