David Ferrer overcame his first hurdle at French Open, Milos Raonic and Andreas Seppi also reached second round.
Fourth seed Ferrer did not excel on the opening day of Roland Garros 2013, yet he managed to battle his way past Australian Marinko Matosevic in straight sets. In the opener the last year’s semifinalist Spaniard broke his challenger when the latter was serving to stay in the set at 5-4. While the set number two started with the favorite dropping two consecutive service games and falling 0-3 behind, Ferrer succeeded to turn the tide by going on a six straight games run to double his lead. In the third set the players were broken twice each by 4-4 when Matosevic suffered yet another loss of serve – Ferrer accepted the gift and finished his opponent off with the first match ball. In the end the Spaniard celebrated a comfortable enough 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Seed number fourteen Raonic, facing Xavier Malisse of Belgium, started his French Open 2013 campaign with two close to perfect sets in which he dropped only three games in total – he went two nil up in style by serving out the second set to love. Malisse then took advantage of the Canadian’s first moment of weakness in the third set and broke him at 5-4 to peg one back. However, the big-hitting Canadian was not disturbed by the outcome the previous set and constructed a two-break 5-1 lead in the set number four. The Belgian reduced the advantage to make it 5-3, yet Raonic stayed calm and held to love to complete his 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 first round triumph, hitting 16 aces along the way.
20th-seed Italian Seppi ran out a winner of an almost four hour long marathon match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. The players could not be separated after four sets with the Argentine seizing his second tie-break to force a decider. The momentum was on his side for a while as he escaped to 4-2 in the fifth set, yet Seppi had enough fuel left in his tank to pull off a vital comeback which ultimately granted him a second round ticket. Final result: 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4. The Italian will square off against Blaz Kavcic next.
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