Ferrer cruises into French Open 3rd round

Paris, May 29 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer brushed aside countryman Albert MontaƱes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the French Open.

The No. 4 seed needed just an hour and 41 minutes of relentless baseline hitting to clinch the victory over his Catalan opponent, who was fresh off capturing the sixth title of his career in Nice, France.

It was only at the very end of the match that MontaƱes, who appeared to be feeling some fatigue after several matches last week, began creating any problems for his opponent.

Ferrer, who reached his first-ever French Open semifinal last year, will take on another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, in the third round on Friday.

The world No. 5 has come into this year's Roland Garros in strong form, having won a clay-court event in Buenos Aires and pushed seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal to three sets twice this year on this surface.

In women's first-round action Wednesday, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus maintained her perfect record this year in Grand Slam play by defeating Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4.

The French Open is the second Grand Slam event of the season and the biggest clay-court tournament in tennis.