• Ferrer advances, Jamaican upsets Chiudinelli

    2/3/10 12:11 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer advances, Jamaican upsets Chiudinelli David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez advance to the Johannesburg second round on Tuesday. Marco Chiudinelli, however, is bounced by Dustin Brown.

    David Ferrer kicked off his his week at the SA Tennis Open with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Karol Beck on Tuesday night. Ferrer needed one hour and 22 minutes to advance to the second round, where he will take on qualifier Filip Prpic.

    The second-seeded Spaniard raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first set before Beck finally took care of his own serve to get on the scoreboard. Beck was more competitive in the second, but he surrendered serve at 5-5 and could not recover. Ferrer, who won more than 70 percent of both his first and second-serve points, promptly served out the match at 6-5.

    Fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez also scored a victory on Tuesday, but not without difficulty. Johannesburg's No. 3 seed ousted qualifier Benjamin Balleret 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3 in two hours and four minutes. Lopez won a shockingly bad four of 16 second-serve points in the final set, but he won 16 of 17 first-serve points to just barely fend off Balleret's upset bid.

    No. 4 seed Marco Chiudinelli failed to survive Dustin Brown's challenge. The Swiss succumbed to Brown 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 after one hour and 35 minutes of play. Brown saved an amazing 11 of 12 break points, including all nine that he faced during the final set.

    Registering at No. 141 in the world, the 25-year-old Brown is the only player from Jamaica in the entirety of the ATP ranking system. Brown, who fired 13 aces past Chiudinelli, will meet Laurent Recouderc for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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hey tt, you should get a picture of the ferocious rasta lion that beat up chiudinelli. good stuff!

croc , 2/3/10 1:22 AM

the who?

RickyDimon , 2/3/10 1:58 AM

That guy is hardly a rastafarian. He was born and raised in Germany. Just because you have some locks does not make you a rasta and not everyone from Jamrock is a rasta.

chr18 , 2/3/10 3:07 AM

that was just me being silly. fun to see people representing new tennis countries come up and win some matches. tennis is becoming a global sport.

croc , 2/3/10 11:54 AM

Tennis has been a global sport for a while now, in fact the current ATP top 11 has players from 11 different countries, Switzerland, Serbia, GBR, Spain, Argentina, Russia, USA Sweden, France Croatia and Chile. The top 32 players are from 15 different countries and the top 100 players are from 31 different countries.

old power houses USA and Australia are no longer dominant USA has 1 player in the top 10 and Australia's highest ranked player comes in at # 19. small countries like Serbia and Croatia have produced a lot of good players of late Djokovic Tipsarvic, on ATP Jankovic Ivanovic on WTA. Not so long ago Croatia had 2 players in the top 10( Ancic and ljubicic, now Ancic is no longer there Ljubicic is also on the wya out they still have a young player like Cilic.

tennis2010 , 2/3/10 9:30 PM

europe usa chile and argentina has been around for a long time agreed, but that is not really global is it. the jamaican flag certainly adds to it

croc , 2/3/10 11:56 PM

Well for a long time tennis was dominated by USA and Australia now for the last 10 years or so ts becoming a lot more Global , Asian players have done well at WTA, China has had success owith Zie Zheng and LI Na. On ATp Japan has a good player in Nishikori.

Yes Europe and America have a history of producing players but these days a lot of small european countries like Croatia, Serbia, Latvia, Cyprus are producing good players. On WTA Tour Poland, Belarus and Denmark they all have a player each in the top 10.

Of course we still dont have quality players from Africa and some other parts of the world but still if the Top 100 on ATP has players from 31 different countries it is definitely a lot more global than it was say 10-15 years ago.

tennis2010 , 2/4/10 1:22 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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