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Sixth-seed David Ferrer of Spain was expected to win his second-round match easily against Ryan Harrison of USA, but he was pushed to five sets on Friday at the All-England Club, in a rain-delayed match, but the Spaniard finally emerged victorious with a 6-7(6), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline. Ferrer had to use all his experience and stamina to earn this victory. Well, the Spaniard next faces, World No. 125 Karol Beck of Slovakia, who is also coming off from a hard earned victory at Wimbledon. Well, the un-seeded Slovakian upset 26th seed, Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, ranked 41st in the world, in four sets 7-6(5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to come this far in the tournament.
David Ferrer has been playing tremendous tennis and enjoying a remarkable consistency throughout his 2011 campaign. Ferrer has an impressive 33-9 match record this year so far, with two ATP titles in Auckland and Acapulco in addition to runner-up finishes in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and a semifinal appearance at the Aussie Open – in the beginning of the new season. The Spaniard edged past Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in his opening encounter of the Wimbledon on Tuesday. Ferrer’s best performance at Wimbledon is his 4th round appearances in 2006 and 2010.
Ferrer’s opponent Beck has a poor 2-4 win-loss record this year and he has not played much tennis this year on ATP tour. Beck turned pro in 2001, but he has not won any ATP title so far in his career. This year, he equalled his best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the third-round. Last time he made it to the third-round here, way back in 2004.
In head-to-head, Ferrer leads with a 2-0. Last time they met in 2010 in Johannesburg, where Ferrer topped him in straight sets. Obviously, Ferrer is favourite in this duel, but the Slovakian can surprise him with his newly found form.
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