Ferrer made to work hard
David Ferrer was made to work harder than expected but still progressed to the third round of the Australian Open.
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The fourth seed was predicted to brush aside the challenge of American Tim Smyczek, who only earned a place in the main draw following compatriot John Isner's withdrawal through injury, but was instead pushed to four sets.
Spaniard Ferrer eventually came through 6-0 7-5 4-6 6-3 to set up a clash with Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, himself a four-set winner over Japan's Tatsuma Ito.