Ferrer advances in Open Seat Godo

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer withstood a strong challenge from British teenager Andy Murray.

Barcelona:

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer withstood a strong challenge from British teenager Andy Murray, winning 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the third round of the Open Seat Godo on Tuesday. Ferrer took 65 minutes to win the second-set tiebreaker, then eased through the final set. The second-highest ranked Spaniard after number two Rafael Nadal, Ferrer is streaking after reaching the semifinals at Key Biscayne and the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo last week, losing both times to Roger Federer. Also cruising into the third round was Nicolas Almagro, who beat 13th-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-2, 6-4. Including his first ATP title in Valencia as a qualifier, Almagro has won 10 straight matches on clay. He'll next face third-seeded Guillermo Coria, who beat Spanish wild card Galo Blanco 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2. Coria made 11 of his total 16 double faults in losing the first set, then breezed through the next two sets. (AP)

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