Ferrero stays perfect to advance



Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:18

Ferrero improved to 5-0 lifetime against third seed Montanes after converting seven of his 14 break chances, including five out of six in the final two sets to wrap up the win in two hours and 11 minutes.

Currently ranked 101 in the world, Ferrero saved eight out of 11 break chances created by Montanes.

Ferrero, the 2007 runner-up, will face Brian Dabul in the second round after the Argentinean advanced after Chile’s Paul Capdeville was forced to retire with an abdominal strain after dropping the first set 6-1.

Second seed Spaniard Tommy Robredo cruised past Brazilian wildcard Thiago Alves 6-4 6-2 by converting three of four break chances.

Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas rallied for a 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over Spaniard Oscar Hernandez to advance to the last 16 where he will face another Argentine in fourth-seed Jose Acasuso, who defeated countryman Juan Monaco 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

Seventh seed Nicolas Devilder of France was also victorious after defeating Brazilian qualifier Daniel Silva 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci advanced with a 6-3 6-4 upset of eighth seed Italian Potito Starace, while Portugal’s Frederico Gil and qualifiers Rui Machado – also from Portugal – and Lukasz Kubot of Poland also advanced to the last 16.

Gill beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar 3-6 6-4 6-3, qualifier Kubot downed Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (9/7) 1-6 6-3, while Machado downed another Spaniard Ivan Navarro 6-4 6-1.

Finally, Italy’s Fabio Fognini bought back from losing the first set to love to beat Brazil’s Caio Zampieri in three sets to advance.


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