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Bad News For David Ferrer

 

David Ferrer is having a dream season. Very close to a qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), first after last week for the number of wins to date (62), second for the number of titles (5) and the number of finals (6), all was going well and he had a very good draw in Beijing to continue on his run.

 

His first match was against Yen-Hsun Lu, a match that was unlikely to go against the Spaniard’s way. That was without counting on a stomach virus that had been afflicting Ferrer for the last two days, and which forced him to retire as Lu was up 5-4 in the first set of their first round meeting.

 

The last time Ferrer retired during a match was three years ago, in Montreal, when he was facing Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

 

In the wake of today’s retirement, Ferrer announced that the virus keeps him from taking part in the Masters 1000 of Shanghai, next week, and that he is going back to Spain to get better and ready for his next event (Valencia):

 

 

It is a really unfortunate turn of events for the Spaniard, who will have to wait at least another three weeks to confirm his place at the WTF.

 

Benneteau also forced to retire

Just after the warm-up of his Kuala Lumpur finals match against Juan Mónaco, Julien Benneteau saw the trainer for a problem with his right arm, which made us think that his elbow, which he broke in a nasty fall in Monte Carlo, was causing him trouble.

 

Apparently, we were not completely wrong (only that the issue seems more the forearm than the elbow), as he was forced to retire during his first round match at the China Open due to a right arm injury. Andreas Seppi was ahead 6-1 2-0 when the Frenchman retired.

 

Let’s hope for him that it is nothing too serious and that it was only precautionary ahead of the penultimate Masters 1000 of the season.

 

Almagro upset in Tokyo

There was only one big upset today, as wild card Tatsuma Ito had the better of Spaniard Nicolás Almagro, 7-6(4) 7-6(5). Credit to the Japanese, who played a great match. However, there were many missed opportunities on Almagro’s side, as he lost a few occasions to break and take the first set, and was up a break in the second set as well.

 

This first round defeat at the Rakuten Open doesn’t help Almagro’s chances of qualifying for the WTF, as he is now tenth in the Race, 90 points ahead of Richard Gasquet and Juan Mónaco (tied at n° 11).

 

day’s results (Tokyo)

 

  • [1] Andy Murray d. [LL] Ivo Karlovic. 7-6(7) 6-4
  • [6] Milos Raonic d. Radek Stepanek, 6-4 6-4. It was Raonic’s 40th win of the season.
  • [8] Kei Nishikori d. Go Soeda, 4-6 6-2 6-3
  • Jérémy Chardy d. [WC] Yuichi Sugita, 6-1 7-5
  • Marco Chiudinelli d. Martin Klizan, 7-6(3) 6-2, a bit of an upset.
  • Dmitry Tursunov d. Bernard Tomic, 6-4 7-5. At this rate, seeing how Tomic is playing against lower-ranked opponents, I don’t know if we can consider the Russian’s win an upset…
  • Marcos Baghdatis d. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6(3) 7-5
  • Tommy Robredo d. Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2 6-4
  • Alejandro Falla d. Thomaz Bellucci, 7-5 6-2

 

Other day’s results (Beijing)

 

  • [1] Novak Djokovic d. Michael Berrer, 6-1 6-7(3) 6-2
  • [3] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Denis Istomin, 4-6 6-1 7-6(3)
  • [5] Richard Gasquet d. Matthew Ebden, 6-2 6-4
  • Mikhail Youzhny d. [7] Tommy Haas, 6-4 4-6 6-2
  • Nikolay Davydenko d. Alex Bogomolov Jr, 7-5 6-1
  • Feliciano López d. Ryan Harrison, 7-6(3) 5-7 6-2

 

Matches to follow (Tokyo)

The first round will be completed Wednesday at the Rakuten Open, as Juan Mónaco will face qualifier Grigor Dimitrov (22:00 ET Tuesday), followed by a rematch of Bangkok’s semi-final between Janko Tipsarevic and Gilles Simon.

 

The second round will start afterwards, as Jérémy Chardy faces Stanislas Wawrinka, which should be a very interesting match. Then Andy Murray will continue his quest for the defense of his title against Lukas Lacko.

 

Matches to follow (Beijing)

The second round starts on Wednesday at the China Open, with only three matches scheduled. At 2:00 ET, Jürgen Melzer will face Alexandr Dolgopolov, followed by the match opposing Marius Copil to Florian Mayer.

 

At 7:30 ET, Novak Djokovic will try to remain undefeated in Beijing (he is 11-0 at the moment) when facing Carlos Berlocq. In their last (and only) encounter, at the U.S. Open last year, the Serbian had conceded only two games to his opponent. One thing is for sure: no matter the result, the Argentine will fully enjoy the moment.

 

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