Ferrer, Tsonga reach third round in Paris

9:07 AM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Fourth-seeded David Ferrer and sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga secured spots in the third round at the 2013 French Open.

Ferrer, a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, routed fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on the famed red clay in Paris. Montanes was fresh off his clay-court title in Nice.

The gritty Ferrer will next take on another compatriot, Feliciano Lopez, who beat Portuguese Joao Sousa by a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 margin.

The heavy French crowd favorite and former Australian Open runner-up Tsonga discarded veteran Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3, while 10th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled promising Aussie Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on Day 4. Nieminen was a runner-up in Germany last week.

Also in the second round, 23rd-seeded South African slugger Kevin Anderson overcame Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.

In first-round action on Wednesday, No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia topped Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and 24th-seeded rising Frenchman Benoit Paire defeated former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4.

Another second-round result saw Serb Viktor Troicki outlast Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4.

Additional opening-round wins came for Pole Lukasz Kubot and Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who stunned Rafael Nadal in a clay-court final in Chile back in February.

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