• Ferrer begins run, Dolgopolov takes on Tomic

    4/17/12 11:12 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer begins run, Dolgopolov takes on Tomic World No. 6 David Ferrer will highlight second-round play in Monte-Carlo, as he takes to the court against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci. Fellow seed Alexandr Dolgopolov is set to square off against Australia’s Bernard Tomic.

    (6) David Ferrer vs. Thomaz Bellucci

    Sixth seed David Ferrer holds a 3-0 series advantage over world No. 45 Thomaz Bellucci. Wednesday marks their first clay-court meeting since 2010.

    Ferrer returns to action after winning a pair of singles rubbers during Spain’s Davis Cup victory over Austria. The 30-year-old veteran, who made the Monte-Carlo final in 2011, is bidding for his 25th victory of the season.

    Bellucci earned a 6-4, 6-4 win against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the first round. The 24-year-old looks to reach his first round of 16 in Monte-Carlo.

    (16) Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Bernard Tomic

    World No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov leads world No. 36 Bernard Tomic 3-1 in the head-to-head series. The players last met at this year’s Australian Open, where the teenager secured a third-round victory in five sets.

    Dolgopolov won his opener over veteran Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2, 6-2. The 23-year-old will attempt to make his first round of 16 in Monte-Carlo.

    Tomic defeated Denis Istomin in the first round, 6-3, 6-4. The Australian remain on course to book his maiden round of 16 berth in Monte-Carlo.

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It's not happening for Ferrer today, Bellucci is just not giving him time to get into a rythm and his serve is not on. It's one of those days when you just can't find your game.

nadline , 4/18/12 4:45 PM

Ferrer goes out, 63 62. It was just not his day today.

nadline , 4/18/12 5:10 PM

Poor Ferrer, that was unfortunate.

mriiidula , 4/18/12 5:28 PM

bizarre result of the year (well, almost)

RickyDimon , 4/18/12 5:29 PM

Bellucci playing very aggressive tennis. I remember him playing so aggressively last year at Madrid, beating Murray and Berdych, and gave Nole a scare, winning the first set and almost won the second before losing the match. If he can play like that consistently, he'll be a very difficult opponent for anyone.

Commies to Ferrer, yeah, not his day, so he shall remain as no.6 unless Berdych can leapfrog him.

luckystar , 4/18/12 5:31 PM

Woooow... This was unexpected...
Good for Nole... :))))

zare , 4/18/12 5:37 PM

Yeah, I think Fed's loss to Roddick would win the YTD Bizarre Award.

agfmilos , 4/18/12 6:09 PM

I hear Ferru has a shoulder problem ... talk of him not being able to move the arm very well in practice earlier today. Stop being so mean Monte-Carlo.

smr , 4/18/12 6:28 PM

milostard - yep

Gulbis would be up for a few Bizzare Loss Awards in 2012, but i guess you are disqualified if you can't be considered good at tennis. Fish also disqualified since he was confirmed by doctor to be sick when he won 4 games against Russell.

RickyDimon , 4/18/12 7:15 PM

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