Rafael Nadal’s countryman, David Ferrer, has defeated Marinko Matosevic of Australia in the first round of the French Open. Ferrer won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Ferrer who has been given the 4th seed in this tournament was expected to put up a dominating performance against Matosevic and the Spaniard stood up to the expectations. He outsmarted his Australian opponent by playing some high quality tennis.
In the post match interview, Ferrer said, “It’s tough to play against Marinko because he is very good on his serve. He generates tremendous power and if he is in form, he can take the match away from you. Today, I think he was a little off colour and I took advantage of that. I tried to be consistent and I am happy that I won in straight sets.”
In the first set, the first three games went with the serve and Ferrer was leading by 2-1 when the 3rd game finished.
Ferrer got a breakthrough in the 4th game and then, by winning his next service game, he extended his lead to 4-1.
Ferrer was broken back in the 7th game which reduced his lead to 4-3. The next couple of games went with the serve and the score was 5-4 in the favour of Ferrer when the 9th game got over. The Spaniard broke Matosevic’s serve again in the 10th game and sealed the opening set by 6-4.
In the second set, Ferrer’s start was dreadful. He dropped his serve in the 1st and the 3rd game to get trailed by 0-3. But, after that, he just took his opponent apart. He won the next six games on the trot with three consecutive serve breaks and won the set by 6-3.
In the third set, Ferrer got a breakthrough in the very first game, but, he was broken back in the 4th game and the scores got levelled.
The next two games went with the serve and the scores remained equalized. Ferrer managed to sneak another breakthrough in the 7th game, but, again, he couldn’t consolidate on that and dropped his serve in the very next game to lose the advantage.
In the 9th game, Ferrer got a break chance again and he latched on that to make the score 5-4 in his favour. This time, the Spaniard didn’t let his opponent bounce back. He held his serve in the 10th game and won the third set by 6-4 to finish off the match.