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Top-seeded Ferrer ousted in Barcelona

10:21 AM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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Barcelona, Spain (Sports Network) - Top-seeded home favorite David Ferrer suffered a second-round upset Wednesday at the $2.23 million Barcelona Open tennis event.

Oft-injured resurgent Russian Dmitry Tursunov, a qualifier this week, toppled the four-time Barcelona runner-up Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on the red clay at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.

Ferrer lost to Rafael Nadal in the last two all-Spanish finals here and also succumbed to Nadal in the 2008 and 2009 title tilts.

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic cruised past Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-2 and seventh-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco mauled Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-2.

In other second-round action, 11th-seeded Slovak Martin Klizan beat Spanish wild card Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4, former top-five Spanish favorite Tommy Robredo doused 14th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-1 and 15th-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers blitzed Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-1. Robredo captured this event in 2004 before his fellow countryman Nadal embarked on a string of five straight championships. Robredo lost to Nadal in the 2006 Barcelona finale.

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