Ferrero, Penetta advance to the third round

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the third round of the Mexican Open with a straight set victory over Lukas Dlouhy on Wednesday.

Acapulco, Mexico:

Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the third round of the Mexican Open with a straight set victory over Lukas Dlouhy on Wednesday. Ferrero, the former French Open champion, was pushed to a tiebreaker in the second set and defeated Dlouhy 6-3, 7-6 (2). "It looks easy, but it was not, I played against him before, last week in Argentina I beat him 6-3, 6-3, but it was very hard," the Spaniard said. Ferrero will face Gaston Gaudio from Argentina, who beat his countryman Juan Pablo Guzman 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Gaudio advanced out of the first round when Peruvian Luis Horna retired with an injury in the first set. Gaudio's victory on the court against Guzman was his first since last October. The former French Open champion hadn't won since the second round of the US Open last September. Carlos Moya of Spain, a two-time champion in Mexico, advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Diego Hartfield of Argentina. Argentine Jose Acasuso looked impressive in his 6-1, 6-2 victory against Jiri Vanek. Defending women's champion Flavia Penetta of Italy had an easier day beating countrywoman Roberta Vinci 6-0, 6-2 in 43 minutes. "It was a good match, It's great that it was fast, because I will play doubles later, and a game tomorrow, so the rest is welcomed", Penetta said. Pennetta will face Alize Cornet from France, who beat Severine Bremond 7-6, 6-2. Top-seeded Marion Bartoli lost to Julia Schruff, from Germany, 6-0, 6-4. Also, Melissa Torres, from Mexico and ranked 383rd, upset Eva Birnerova from the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2. No Mexican player has advanced this far since in this tournament since it moved from Mexico City to Acapulco in 2001.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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