Ferrer reaches second round at Swedish Open

Jul 10, 2007 - 5:36 PM BASTAD, Sweden (Ticker) -- Unlike Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer took care of business at the Swedish Open.

The second-seeded Ferrer cruised into the second round of the $485,000 claycourt tournament Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The win came one day after the top-seeded Robredo - the defending champion of this event - was ousted in the first round by Luis Horna.

Beating Garcia-Lopez for the fourth time in five matches, Ferrer matched his showing in two previous appearances here. He next will face Nicolas Massu of Chile.

Sixth-seeded Robin Soderling also advanced, posting a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Italian Simone Bolelli. It was the Swede's his first appearance since his epic, five-set match with Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon that went five days due to numerous rain delays.

Other seeded players to reach the second round were No. 7 Juan Monaco of Argentina and Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, the eighth seed.

Monaco posted a 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis of Latavia, while Bjorkman rallied from a set down against qualifier Michal Przysiezny, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

A doubles champion here last year along with his countryman Bjorkman, Thomas Johansson dispatched Oscar Hernandez, 6-4, 6-4.

A qualifer from Russia, Yuri Schukin recorded a minor upset with a 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina. Zabaleta won back-to-back titles here starting in 2003.

other first-round winners included Gilles Simon of France, Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Argentina's Carlos Berlocq. First prize is $76,000.






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