• Buenos Aires - Ferrer faces Nalbandian in second round

    2/21/13 3:14 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Buenos Aires - Ferrer faces Nalbandian in second round Defending champion David Ferrer is back on court to face former world No. 3 David Nalbandian for a spot in the quarterfinal. The players are joined in action by 2nd seed Nicolas Almagro, who meets Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov.

    (1) David Ferrer vs. David Nalbandian

    Top seed David Ferrer holds an 8-5 series edge against former world No. 3 David Nalbandian. The two last met at the 2012 Copa Claro, where the Spaniard sealed a semifinal contest in straight sets.

    Ferrer made a successful start to his title defense with a straight-sets ousting of Argentine wildcard Agustin Velotti. The 30-year-old is seeking his fourth consecutive quarterfinal berth of the season.

    Nalbandian held on to defeat fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the opening round, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The Brasil Open finalist looks to reach his sixth straight quarterfinal at the Copa Claro.

    (2) Nicolas Almagro vs. Andrey Kuznetsov

    Second seed Nicolas Almagro won his opener against Argentina's Guido Pella in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The world No. 11 will attempt to make his third quarterfinal of the year, having reached the same stage at the Australian Open and Sao Paulo.

    World No. 80 Andrey Kuznetsova dismissed veteran Filippo Volandri in the first round, 7-6(5), 6-3. The 21-year-old Russian looks to secure his first Tour-level quarterfinal since July 2012.

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Wow Fatbandian took a set off of the Spanish #1. He ran out of gas in the third set and took a doughnut. My guess is he'll have a dozen or so after the match too.

chr18 , 2/22/13 1:22 AM

Poor Nalbs. He takes so much slack. It's a pity he never realized his potential.

cherylmurray , 2/22/13 2:04 AM

well said, chr18

not an encouraging sign for Ferrer

RickyDimon , 2/22/13 4:08 AM

I doubt Nalby cares about the comments made by fans. If he did, then he'd focus on what they say and not his own life . In fact, I doubt most players pay attention to the comments made by fans.

scoretracker , 2/22/13 5:49 AM

I've seen Nalby play and he's by no means fat. In fact his limbs looked quite skinny. Looked as if he could spend a bit more time in the gym, but think he prefers driving fast cars Safin I suppose. Some players aren't prepared to put their lives completely on hold for ten years or more. Up to them, isn't it?

deuce , 2/22/13 8:35 AM

his limbs may look skinny, but that's not where the donuts go!

RickyDimon , 2/22/13 5:22 PM

I agree with deuce. In fact, in the past he was heavier. He is leaner now than he was in the past. I believe he had hip surgery a few years ago. That put a big dent in his career. Another player who never realized his potential.

I can't even bear to think about Safin! I really thought he was going to be the next #1 player, the best in the world. He really had so much natural talent. But his temperament is what ruined him. He just let his emotions get in the way. I don't think he ever was able to develop the discipline or mental strength to achieve what he had the potential to in his career.

Nativenewyorker , 2/23/13 3:17 AM

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