MELBOURNE, Australia – Spain’s David Ferrer advanced on Thursday to the third round of the Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam tournament, after eliminating American Ernesto Escobedo.
Ferrer took two hours and 46 minutes to achieve the 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the tournament’s second round.
His win secures an all-Spanish clash in the third round.
Ferrer, seeded No. 21, will now face his compatriot Roberto Bautista, seeded 13th, who earlier on Thursday beat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes.
“I am 21 in the world. This is my ranking. I’m not thinking about (my position),” the former world No. 3 said.
“(At) this moment I’m trying to enjoy myself and my tennis. I’m going step by step and will be focused on my next round. I don’t have a sure goal. Depends on the moment, the part of the season. We just begun the season – we’ll see (as it progresses),” he added, according to the tournament’s official website.
“It was tough. I’d never played with Escobedo and he surprised me. He had very good shots, lots of power and it was not easy. I made a few mistakes in the first set, little bit nervous,” Ferrer admitted.
“But finally in the second, third and fourth I played more consistent without too many mistakes, and I ran down every ball,” he added.