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Tennis: Djokovic, Ferrer power into Open third round

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer battled through intense heat to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Second seed Djokovic stepped it up from his mixed first-round performance to ease past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 for his 23rd straight win at the Open. Third seed Ferrer, who lost in last year's semi-final to Djokovic, needed just over three hours to overcome Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, winning 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 on Hisense Arena.

Fighting Ferrer through as Mannarino wilts in the heat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spain's David Ferrer battled his way into third round of the Australian Open with a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-0 6-3 victory over Adrian Mannarino after the Frenchman wilted in the fierce heat on Wednesday. The world number three specializes in grinding his opponents down with his baseline hustling and that is exactly what happened in his encounter with Mannarino, who made 73 unforced errors over the four sets.

Tennis: Djokovic, Ferrer power into Open third round

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer marched on through the sapping heat to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Second seed Djokovic stepped it up from his mixed first-round performance to ease past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 for his 23rd straight win at the Open. Third seed Ferrer, who lost in last year's semi-final to Djokovic, needed just over three hours to overcome Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, winning 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 on Hisense Arena

Tennis: Ferrer through to Open third round

Third seed David Ferrer wore down Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard beat the 71st-ranked Mannarino 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 in just over three hours on Hisense Arena. rsm/th

Tennis: Ferrer through to Open third round

Third seed David Ferrer wore down Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard beat the 71st-ranked Mannarino 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 in just over three hours on Hisense Arena. It was a tough work-out for the super-fit Spaniard, who lost the second set and had his serve broken five times. Ferrer made 48 unforced errors to his 32 winners, while the Frenchman committed 73 errors.

Spain's Ferrer gets off to solid start at Australian Open

International Sports Desk, Jan 13 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer, the No. 3 seed, got off to a solid start Monday at the Australian Open, cruising to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez. "I played well at some points in the match," Ferrer said of his initial outing at the year's first Grand Slam event. "Each week is different. The last match I played was pretty bad, but it was just one match. Now, I'm at another tournament," the Spanish star said. "I have to be optimistic." Ferrer also talked about the importance of winning in three sets.

Understated Ferrer focusing on immediate challenge

(Reuters) - David Ferrer is ranked third in the world, has reached at least the quarter-finals at all four grand slams in the past two years yet is still not a favorite for the Australian Open title at Melbourne Park. Not that the 31-year-old Spaniard minds. He puts enough pressure upon himself just to go out and perform. "I don't know," Ferrer told reporters when asked if he thought he could repeat last year's performance of making the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

Tennis: Below-par Djokovic wins in debut under Becker

Novak Djokovic won his competitive debut under new coach Boris Becker as he got his Australian Open title defence underway in uncharacteristically loose fashion Monday. The Serbian world number two, bidding to win a fourth consecutive Australian title and fifth overall, took close to two hours to subdue 96th-ranked Slovak Lukas Lacko before prevailing 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1. He will face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the next round.

Tennis: Wawrinka, Ferrer through to second round

World number three David Ferrer and Swiss top 10 player Stanislas Wawrinka led the top seeds into the men's singles second round at the Australian Open Monday. In stifling heat, Ferrer went through in straight sets and Swiss eighth seed Wawrinka progressed on an injury retirement by his opening round opponent Andrey Golubev. Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych also went through 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 against Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

Tennis: Ferrer claws through to Auckland semis

Top seed David Ferrer snuffed out a determined challenge from fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Auckland Open. American John Isner, seeded third, also advanced into the final four, along with Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. World number three Ferrer, who is seeking a record fifth title in the warm-up event for this month's Australian Open, looked to be cruising to victory as he took the first set 6-3, then broke Garcia-Lopez in the first game of the second.
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