David Ferrer has been defeated by Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the second round of the ongoing Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2013. Tursunov won the match in three sets by 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.
Ferrer was given the top seed in this tournament and he was also playing on his home soil. So, he was the hot favourite to win the contest against Tursunov. But, that didn’t happen. A superb all round performance by the Russian veteran stunned Ferrer as well as the local fans.
In the post match interview, Tursunov said, “It was certainly not David’s best day in the office. He didn’t play as well as he is capable of. He was the favourite here because he is a very good clay court player and also because of his ranking, but, he gave me quite a few opportunities and I capitalized on them.”
In the first 10 games of the first set, both the players dropped their serve twice and the scores were equalized at 5-5 when the 10th game got finished. Tursunov got his third breakthrough in the set in the 11th game and this time, he made sure that he wouldn’t be broken back. He held his serve in the 12th game and sealed the first set by 7-5.
Ferrer had a poor beginning in the second set as well. His serve was broken in the very first game of the set. However, the top ranked Frenchman broke back in the 4th game to equalize the proceedings. In the next three games, both the players held their serve and at the end of the 7th game, Ferrer was leading by 4-3.
Ferrer broke Tursunov’s serve for the second time in the set in the 8th game and then, by winning his next service game, he wrapped up the set.
In the final set, Tursunov was on fire. He got a breakthrough in the second game to take a lead of 2-0.
The Russian player dropped his serve in the 3rd game, but, that was the only game that he lost in the set.
With a couple of breakthroughs (in the 4th and the 6th game), he won the last four games successively and became the winner of the match.