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By Akshay Kohli
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World No.6 David Ferrer cruised through his opening match at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, dismissing Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic 6-0, 6-3 in just under an hour. The Spaniard broke the Serb's serve five times and won 78 per cent of points behind his first serve. Ferrer next faces fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes, who saved four match points to oust 15th-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and 19 minutes. The 31 year old, a Barcelona resident, is a winner of five ATP World Tour clay-court titles.
Eighth seed Kei Nishikori reached the third round after finishing strongly to beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. The Japanese No. 1 converted five of his 11 break points to claim victory in two hours and 16 minutes. South Africa’s Kevin Anderson set a third-round clash with ninth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The No.13 seed held his nerve in two tie-breaks to beat Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in one hour and 55 minutes.
Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes. World No.54 Giraldo saved all four break points he faced against Haase. Also cruising through was Canadian No. 11 seed Milos Raonic, who recorded another straight-sets win as he defeated Russia’s Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-1. He goes onto face sixth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
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