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Federer fends off Acasuso

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:44

Despite Acasuso’s relentless attack, it was Federer’s all-round game of both defence and attack that saw him triumph in one hour and 10 minutes to earn a tie with David Ferrer.

Federer told Sky Sports Xtra: I am very happy, happy to have made the transition from Montreal.”

On Ferrer he added: “He is one of the best return players in the game.

“I will have to be careful even though I have a good record against him.”

Novak Djokovic was first on Centre Court today and the fourth seed prevailed in a close match against Croatian Ivan Ljubicic.

The pair were closely matched with Djokovic taking the first set 7-5 on the tie-break before he won the second set 6-4 after crucially converting one of his four break points.

The 22-year-old was especially effective on his first serve. Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was today’s major casualty, going down 7-6 (14-12) 6-2 to qualifier Chris Guccione.

Paul-Henri Matthieu edged out Ivo Karlovic who could not reproduce the form which saw him beat Gael Monfils in the previous round. The Frenchman triumphed 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 after taking advantage of his one break of serve.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, of Spain, beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 6-3.

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