Ferrer advances to 2nd round at Qatar Open | Inquirer Sports

Ferrer advances to 2nd round at Qatar Open

/ 04:07 PM January 02, 2013

Spain’s David Ferrer serves the ball to Germany’s Dustin Brown during the Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar. AP

DOHA, Qatar — Top-seeded David Ferrer rallied to defeat German qualifier Dustin Brown 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

The fifth-ranked Spaniard struggled early against Brown’s serve and net play. With the first set even at 5, Brown hit a drop volley and then broke Ferrer when the Spaniard hit a shot into the net. Brown closed out the set with a crosscourt volley winner.

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Ferrer figured out Brown’s serve and the German began making unforced errors. Ferrer broke Brown to go up 3-1 on the way to winning the second and easily won the final set.

Three seeded players were upset, including Jeremy Chardy at No. 5.

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Chardy was beaten by German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-4. Earlier, Lukas Rosol beat eighth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Lukasz Kubot of Poland topped seventh-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-4, 6-2.

Fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia struggled, but rallied to beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Richard Gasquet, seeded second, beat Czech veteran Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-4.

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