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Phenomenal Ferrer outlasts Alund to reach Round 2 at Wimbledon

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Phenomenal Ferrer outlasts Alund to reach Round 2 at Wimbledon
World No.4 David Ferrer overcame a second set loss and some third set jitters to beat resilient Argentine Martin Alund in four sets to progress into Round 2 of The Championships. Ferrer was at his defensive best in this match as he used all his retrieving abilities and his experience to outplay his Argentine counterpart.

World No.4 David Ferrer had a good warm up in the Opening Round of Wimbledon as he out-hustled his Argentine opponent Martin Alund in 4 sets 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to secure a spot in the Second Round. Both players were really dominating on serve but it was Ferrer and his supreme consistency that helped prevail over Alund.

In half an hour Ferrer takes the opening set with an ace. The Spaniard was at his clinical best in the first set as he forced errors from Alund to get away with some free points. The World No.4 won a high 87% points on his first serve as he backed them with some heavy ground strokes. His 8 winners helped him dominate play from the back and he was effective from the front too, winning all 6 points at the net. The Argentine kept going for his shots but failed to make them and in turn gave away his serve thrice to Ferrer, who cashed in on them very well.

In an amazing turn around in the second set, it is the unseeded underdog who takes the second set to shock the crowd and Ferrer himself. With heavy serving and clean hitting from the back, Alund remained solid on serve and kept putting pressure on Ferrer, who struggled a bit on his serve throughout the second set. With the set reaching its business end, Alund raised his game in the last 2 games and played some high quality tennis. Ferrer gave in to the pressure being exerted by the Argentine got himself broken to get the match level at 1 set all.

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After playing some really inspiring tennis throughout the Third Set, it was Ferrer who used all his experience to outplay the Argentine 7-5 in the Third. Both players were really strong on serve and did not give away anything to their opponents till the end but it was the vital eleventh game that changed it all. Ferrer broke the Argentine serve with his consistency and then went on to serve out the third set to take a 2 sets to 1 lead. The Spaniard's defense was hard to breach as he kept digging into the Alund backhand and put away any easy ball that came his way.

The fourth set was almost a carbon copy of the first set with Ferrer returning extremely well to keep the Argentine on the back foot. Alund became a touch rusty on his shots and got broken twice in the set as he gave away a lot of cheap points to the Spaniard. Ferrer was at his counterpunching best as he drew errors from the Argentine by forcing him to go for winners from really tough positions.

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