David Ferrer has defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round of Sony Open. Ferrer won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 7-5.

This was Ferrer’s 6th match against Fognini. The Spaniard has won all of them.

Ferrer is ranked 5th in the world at the moment, but, because of the fact that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not playing in this tournament, he has been given third seed. He was the clear favourite in yesterday’s match. He didn’t let his fans down and played fabulous tennis to make his way into the 4th round.

Ferrer was in astonishing form right from the start. He broke Fognini’s serve in the second game of the first set to get ahead by 2-0. A serve hold for Ferrer in the next game enhanced his lead to 3-0.

The second breakthrough for Ferrer came in the 6th game which took him ahead by 5-1. Ferrer won his next service game comfortably and that was the end of the set.

Ferrer committed only six unforced errors in the first set, while, Fognini committed 17.

In the second set, both the players won their first two service games and the scores were equalized at 2-2.

Ferrer broke in the 5th game to take a lead of 3-2, but, this time, Fognini didn’t let him capitalize on that lead. He broke back immediately and made the score 3-3.

The next 4 games went with the serve. The set was heading towards a tie breaker. But, Ferrer didn’t let that happen. He broke again in the 11th game and then, held his serve in the 12th game to win the second set and the match as well.

In the fourth round, Ferrer will play against Kei Nishikori of Japan.