Ferrer through after scare

  • Last Updated: January 9 2013, 9:15 GMT

Top seed David Ferrer survived a scare in his second-round victory over Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan at the Heineken Open in Auckland.

David Ferrer: Forced to dig dep
David Ferrer: Forced to dig dep

The Spaniard, the world number five, was taken the distance by his opponent before going through 6-4 2-6 6-3 in just under two hours.

Ferrer dropped his serve four times over the course of the match, but two breaks in each of the first and third sets saw him home.

Germany's second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber also needed three sets to progress as he claimed a 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-3 win over Colombia's Alejandro Falla in two hours 12 minutes.

Another German, third seed Tommy Haas, enjoyed rather smoother progress thanks to a 6-3 6-4 win over Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling.

Fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey was a straight-sets winner as he saw off Belgium's 7-5 6-3.

Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci was the only seed to fall today, with the eighth seed beaten 6-3 7-5 by Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.

French wild card Gael Monfils saw off Australian qualifier Greg Jones 6-4 6-2.

Elsewhere, Belgian Xavier Malisse beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 and Canadian qualifier Jesse Levine knocked out American Brian Baker 7-5 6-4.


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