No problems for Ferrer against Lacko

No problems for Ferrer against Lacko

Sixth seed David Ferrer proved far too good for Lukas Lacko in their first-round match at the French Open today.

The Spaniard, a real force on clay, saw off his Slovakian opponent 6-3 6-4 6-1 to set up a second-round meeting with either Benoit Paire or Albert Ramos.

Ferrer, a possible quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray, has once again been very impressive on the red stuff this season, winning titles in Buenos Aires and Acapulco and reaching the final in Barcelona.

Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic also made it through, although he had a much tougher time against America's Sam Querrey, the Serb eventually prevailing 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 6-3.

However, 15th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov is out after losing an all-Ukrainian clash with Sergiy Stakhovsky in a five-setter held over from last night. It was a one-set shoot-out today, which Stakhovsky took to triumph 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3.

Tipsarevic was a relieved man after being thoroughly outplayed by Querrey in the opening set.

He said: "The first set was not really fun for me on the court. He was playing out of his mind, hitting winners from everywhere, playing a little bit outside how you normally should play on clay.

"All credit to him. Everything was going in. I'm happy that I managed to stay positive, stay quiet, not really talk too much when somebody is killing me on the court like he did in the first set.

"The match somehow turned around. When I got the break, I felt I was in control all throughout the rest of the match."

Talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the 17th seed, was given a tough time by Estonian qualifier Jurgen Zopp on Court Philippe Chatrier before coming through 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/4).

"I think I played well," said Gasquet. "It was not easy. I was not far from losing a set, either the second or the third one. The first match on the central court is always like this. You have to know how to play. He was playing well. I'd say it's a good match for me."

Gasquet next faces Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, who has so far failed to live up to his unenviable tag as the next Roger Federer.

Now 21 and ranked 87th in the world, Dimitrov beat another former junior prodigy, America's Donald Young, 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 6-1 in the first round.

Gasquet practised with Dimitrov earlier this year, and he said: "Each time I was practising against him, I thought, 'Wow, he's a big player'. I have to play a big match to beat him because he will be ranked top 10 one of these days I'm certain."

France's Jeremy Chardy, meanwhile, finally prevailed in a match held over from last night when he defeated Lu Yen-hsun 6-4 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 3-6 11-9.

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