Ferrer brushes aside Verdasco

Ferrer brushes aside Verdasco
By Eurosport

02/11/2011 at 03:27Updated 02/11/2011 at 04:27

Top seed David Ferrer brushed aside compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of ATP Valencia.

Verdasco was no match for the world number five, with Ferrer imperious on his own serve and ruthless at taking his chances against his Davis Cup team-mate.

Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faced a much tougher test, however, being pushed to three sets by Spanish journeyman Javier Marti.

Marti, ranked a lowly 171st in the world, thrilled the crowd by winning the opening set and breaking Tsonga in the second.

But the big-serving Frenchman dug in to break back and take the second set before closing out a 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory.

Third seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils eased past Spain's Albert Montanes 6-3 6-1, while former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero won the battle of the veterans against Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-4 7-6(2).

Spain's Marcel Granollers pulled off the biggest upset of the day, beating Ukrainian world number 16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-4.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson also made it through to the second round with a 6-1 6-4 win over Slovakia's Martin Klizan, while American giant Sam Querrey beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-4.