04/23 08:27 CDT Ferrer ousted by another Russian at Barcelona Open
Ferrer ousted by another Russian at Barcelona Open
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) --- Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the
Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year, losing 6-4,
6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili on Wednesday.
The 55th-ranked Gabashvili rallied from 3-0 down before dominating Ferrer on
his favored clay to reach the last 16.
Gabashvili kept Ferrer running to the corners, and the fifth-ranked Spaniard
was surprisingly unable to keep up with shots he normally returns, looking
fatigued at times.
Ferrer slapped a crosscourt forehand long for Gabashvili to clinch it after 1
hour, 21 minutes. Ferrer lost at this same stage last season to Dmitry Tursunov.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal took to the court late Wednesday to open against fellow
Spaniard Albert Ramos in second-round play.