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- - FERRER WINS 6-2 7-6 6-3! The Spaniard caps an impressive victory with a forehand winner. Off comes the headband, out comes the applause for the spectators. Job done.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 7-6 5-3 Seppi. Ferrer has a sniff at 0-15, but Seppi crashes a forehand into the corner to alleviate his box’s concerns. Not for long though. Ferrer lets rip on some gruelling groundstrokes to create a break opportunity at 30-40. He’s done it! One game left…
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 4-3 Seppi. Lightning hold from Ferrer. He stands two games away from a spot in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 3-3 Seppi. Volley winner, forehand winner x2, backhand winner. Perhaps Seppi isn’t defeated just yet.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 3-2 Seppi. The 32nd seed hurls his racquet into the air after netting. It’s not a good game for the Italian. Ferrer holds to love.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 2-2 Seppi. Seppi ups his power to wriggle clear of danger. Level in the third.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 2-1 Seppi. Ferrer clips the net with a forehand which kills the ball’s momentum and wraps up the game. Not sure he even bothers to offer an apology #gamesmanship.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 1-1 Seppi. He might be two sets behind, but Seppi is moving far more freely than his opponent at the start of the third. Comfortable hold.
- - Ferrer 6-2 7-6 1-0 Seppi. Ferrer holds after a quick visit to deuce. Muted applause from the Court One gallery. Guessing they’re pretty fed up and want Rafa Nadal asap.
- - FERRER WINS SECOND SET 7-6(2). The fifth seed finally wraps up the set with a fine crosscourt return winner.
- - TIE-BREAK. Ferrer 5-1 Seppi. Ferrer heads to the changeover with a commanding lead. He’s two points away from taking the second set.
- - TIE-BREAK. Ferrer 3-0 Seppi. Perfect start from the Spaniard.
- - WE’RE GOING TO A SECOND SET TIE-BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 6-6 Seppi. The Spaniard holds. Into a second set decider. Seppi can’t afford to lose this.
- - Ferrer 6-2 5-6 Seppi. The Italian stands motionless on the baseline with his head tilted towards the tramlines. He seems incapable of building momentum. He loses his rag, crying out some aggressive term which sounds like “Cerdorrrrr”, before recovering to send a stonking forehand winner past Ferrer. He’s booked his ticket for the tie-break. Can Ferrer join him?
- - BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 5-5 Seppi. Are you bottling it, David? The short answer: it looks that way. The Spaniard relinquishes three break points – although you couldn’t tell it judging from Seppi’s nonplussed response – and fires long after recovering to 30-40. Can Seppi take full advantage of that lapse?
- - Ferrer 6-2 5-4 Seppi. The crowd let out a disappointed groan as the Italian finds the net. It isn't an exclamation of genuine shock – the lad has missed shots all morning – more one of sadness that this is heading towards a three set rout. Seppi reminds them of his quality with a few pacy first serves. He’s hanging in there.
- - Ferrer 6-2 5-3 Seppi. Seppi parades his attacking and defensive qualities to earn break point – winning a lengthy baseline duel before refusing to let Ferrer find a winner. The net result is a break point. But he collapses from that moment on, chucking in a couple of unforced errors en route to handing his opponent the game.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 4-3 Seppi. Turns out this Seppi lad can play. He caps a free-flowing point with one of the sexiest drop shots Court One has witnessed all tournament for 15-15. But a couple of minutes later he’s staring into space, hand on hip, as he racks up a needless unforced error to gift his rival a break chance. Ferrer makes no mistake; Seppi makes a mistake – the Spaniard’s advantage is restored.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 3-3 Seppi. Seppi lets out an exaggerated “Arghhh” when he cannons a backhand into the tramlines. The mistake spurs him into life as he reels off three points on the trot to earn a rare break point. Ferrer nets. All square in the second set. Can the Italian build on this?
- - Ferrer 6-2 3-2 Seppi. Not too much trouble for Seppi this time around – his game highlight occurring from a cute forehand which baffled Ferrer.
- - Ferrer 6-2 3-1 Seppi. Jeu Ferrer. Break consolidated.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 6-2 2-1 Seppi. Ferrer grinds to a standstill midpoint, convinced the ball dropped beyond the baseline. He isn’t interested in waiting for the chair umpire’s verdict – he’s adamant he’s right. Brave lad, but also a correct one. It proves to be pivotal as Seppi fires long shortly after to concede the break.
- - Ferrer 6-2 1-1 Seppi. The Italian gets a glimmer at 30-30 after a Ferrer double fault, but the Spaniard controls the next two points to restore parity in the second set.
- - Ferrer 6-2 0-1 Seppi. That’s more like it from the Italian. Safe hold.
- - FERRER WINS FIRST SET 6-2! Ferrer has another shocker at the net when he taps the green sphere into its midriff. Not what you want to be doing at set point - his fourth. An exceptional volley from the Spaniard, a hopeless volley from the Italian and a midcourt winner belatedly secure the opening set at the fifth opportunity.
- - Ferrer 5-2 Seppi. Looks like Seppi wants to get through this opening set pronto as he falls to 0-40. Then, out of nowhere, he comes roaring back to take the game. Super resistence but it's just delaying the inevitable.
- - Ferrer 5-1 Seppi. The main dilemma for Seppi is that his opponent is just a little bit better. The Italian tries everything to get amongst the Ferrer serve – sending his returns within inches of the baseline – and is rewarded with a trip to deuce. A couple of first serves later and the fifth seed is one game away from the first set.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 4-1 Seppi. It’s a case of the good, the bad and the unlucky for the white-capped Italian. An astute volley is negated by a double fault, before a Ferrer forehand takes a wicked deflection off the net cord and bounces perfectly on the other side. Not much Seppi could do about that, but he must cut out the unforced errors. Another break to the Spaniard.
- - Ferrer 3-1 Seppi. A few swishes of the Ferrer forehand secure a hold to 30. Seppi has yet to impose himself on this contest.
- - BREAK! Ferrer 2-1 Seppi. Ferrer – in an outfit not too dissimilar to a vintage Birmingham City kit – dominates from the baseline to earn 15-40. Seppi loops long. We have the opening break. Is this Ferrer’s year to upset the big boys?
- - Ferrer 1-1 Seppi. Ferrer casually dawdles towards the net and is punished for his lethargy as he sends a weak volley into the net. Fortunately for the Spaniard, he’s saved by a series of booming groundstrokes.
- - Ferrer 0-1 Seppi. Solid start from the 32nd seed who holds.
10:05 - Hello there. Welcome to LIVE coverage of David Ferrer’s third round clash with Andreas Seppi at the French Open.
|Date of Birth||21/02/1984|
|Date of Birth||02/04/1982|