Tursunov upsets Ferrer in Barcelona, Almagro and Monaco through

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Dmitry Tursunov stunned top seed Ferrer in the second round of Barcelona 2013, Juan Monaco, Nicolas Almagro and Philipp Kohlschreiber also through to 3rd round.

Last year’s runner-up David Ferrer – he has played four Barcelona finals in last five years – stumbled at his first hurdle in 2013. In the opening set of the second round match against 66th-ranked Russian Tursunov, whom he had not met earlier in his career, the Spaniard broke back twice, yet he found no response for his third loss of serve and allowed his challenger to move one nil ahead. Tursunov then won the first two games in the following set, but the top seed finally got his act together and broke the Russian twice in a row before serving out the set with a love hold. However, he came nowhere near to completing his comeback as he was again broken three times in the decider which Tursunov sealed with match ball number two. Final score: 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Seed number seven Monaco was up to his task against helpless Australian Bernard Tomic who failed to save any of the five break points he was facing. Tomic won only twelve points in the opener and was delivered a bagel in the end. He was on the back foot in the second set as well in which he got on the board twice, but presented no danger to the Argentine who advanced with a 6-0, 6-2 victory after 50 minutes spent on the court.

The first set of the clash between fourth seed Almagro and Croat Ivan Dodig was completely one-sided with the Spaniard acquiring a double break cushion and serving out the set after twenty-five minutes. In the following set Almagro managed to consolidate his second break with a hold to love and progressed to the third round of Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell with a convincing 6-1, 7-5 triumph.

Despite giving away only one serve, eighth-seeded German Kohlschreiber could only eliminate Russian player Andrey Kuznetsov after the third set tie-break. He clinched the opener and was serving for the third round ticket at 5-4 in the second set, yet 22-year-old Kuznetsov fended off a match ball and leveled the terms after the “breaker”. The Russian braved another couple of match ball threats in the deciding set before Kohlschreiber ultimately wrapped the proceeding up and won with 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2).

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