World number eight Fernando Verdasco (photo) defeated fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero for a third-round spot at the Madrid Masters. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was eliminated by Croatian wild card Ivan Ljubicic.
REUTERS - World number eight Fernando Verdasco continued his fine form with a 6-3 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
Verdasco broke into the top 10 for the first time in February and has reached at least the last eight in all seven tournaments he has played this season.
The seventh seed broke Ferrero, a former French Open champion and world number one, five times on the clay at the Magic Box stadium and sealed victory on his second match point with a forehand winner.
Spanish 16th seed Tommy Robredo put out American Mardy Fish 3-6 7-6 6-2 in a second-round match while Russian 10th seed Nikolay Davydenko beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-2 6-2 in the first round.
World number one Rafael Nadal begins his quest for a sixth title this year, and fourth on clay, against Austrian Juergen Melzer or fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes on Wednesday.
Second-ranked Roger Federer and number three Andy Murray are in action in the second round later on Tuesday.
Madrid Open men's singles results
* Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) beat 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
7-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
16-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Mardy Fish (U.S.) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Julien Benneteau (France) 3-6
14-James Blake (U.S.) beat Victor Hanescu (Romania) 6-2 6-4
Juergen Melzer (Austria) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 4-6 7-5
10-Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-2
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
(Spain) 6-0 7-6(5)
Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Jose Acasuso (Argentina) 6-3 6-2
13-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-2
Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-7(5)
6-4 3-0 (Mathieu retired)
Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Eduardo Schwank (Argentina) 7-5 6-4
Date created : 2009-05-12