Match report

Juan Carlos Ferrero ©
2nd round
5/15/12 1 2 Tot
es  Juan Carlos Ferrero 7 6 2
fr  Gael Monfils 5 3 0
Gael Monfils ©
  • Ferrero takes out Monfils, into Rome third round

    5/15/12 5:53 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Juan Carlos Ferrero upsets Gael Monfils in straight sets on Tuesday in Rome. Ferrero comes back in both sets to book a spot in the third round, likely against Roger Federer.

    Juan Carlos Ferrero stormed back from two breaks down in the first set and from one in the second to defeat Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Tuesday afternoon. Ferrero improved to 3-0 lifetime against Monfils after one hour and 42 minutes of play.

    It was Monfils who seized control early, racing to a 4-1 lead in the opener with two breaks. Ferrero got one of the breaks back for 2-4 then struck again at 4-5 to stay alive. With momentum in hand, the 32-year-old Spaniard added a third break to steal the set from out of nowhere.

    Monfils showed only brief signs of a recovery when he broke immediately for a 1-0 advantage in set two. The 14th-ranked Frenchman, though, lost 10 of the next 11 points while yet again giving back a break. From there it was all Ferrero, who earned one more break for 4-2 and eventually served out the match with ease.

    Ferrero saved none of the three break points he faced, but he converted five of his 11 opportunities. The world No. 49 awaits either Roger Federer or Carlos Berlocq in the third round.

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