Following their meeting at the Sony Open in Miami last month, second seed David Ferrer will meet Teymuraz Gabashvili to secure a spot in the third round of the Barcelona Open. This marks the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, after Ferrer won that meeting last month 6-4, 6-0.
Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer produced a monumental upset in Monte Carlo last week when he defeated clay court king and eight-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal 7-6(1), 6-4 to reach the semi-finals. It was his first victory over Nadal on clay since Stuttgart in 2004, when Nadal was ranked No. 56 at the time. While he would lose to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka, it was a confidence-boosting performance for the Spaniard, who had begun to slump slightly in both his performances and his ranking. Now back up to world No. 5, Ferrer will be looking to make another deep run this week in Barcelona, starting with his second round contest against Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Ferrer holds a 25-11 record in Barcelona, and while he has finished runner-up to Nadal on four separate occasions, he is coming off a second round loss at the event last year to Dmitry Tursunov.
World No. 55 Gabashvili beat Michal Przysiezny Monday 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes to set up the second round match-up with Ferrer. It was the second time in three weeks that Gabashvili faced Przysiezny, as the pair had clashed in a Davis Cup tie. He is 9-9 so far this season, with his best performance this season being a quarter-final apperance in Delray Beach.
This marks the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, after Ferrer won that meeting last month 6-4, 6-0.