Wellington - David Ferrer put last week's
Doha disappointment behind him with a comfortable straight-sets win in his
opening match at the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.
The 6-2, 6-4 victory over Australian
qualifier Matthew Barton put the top seed and four-time champion into the
quarter-finals to face Czech Lukas Rosol, a surprise winner over fifth seed
Benoit Paire of France.
Ferrer had rushed to Auckland for a
wildcard entry after his opening-round loss to Ukraine's Ilya Marchenko in the
Qatar Open, and immediately showed his class as he won 23 of 26 first-serve
The top four seeds all had first-round
byes, and all won their opening matches in the second round.
Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was
untroubled as he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 but it was a different
story for the third and fourth seeds, John Isner and South African Kevin
Isner took the first set in a tie-break
against fellow American Sam Querrey, and then dropped the before fighting back
to take the match 7-6 (10/8), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4.
Anderson was also tested in tie-breaks
before overcoming Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/5).
"It was a really tough match,"
"It was a little windy. It was tough
to find your rhythm. But I just stuck with it. It's my first match. Given that,
I thought I played pretty well."
Anderson, ranked 12th in the world, won the
first set on a Haase double fault and was down 1-4 in the second-set tie-break
before winning six of the next seven points.
Roberto Bautista Agust reached the last
eight with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win over American Donald Young, while Fabio Fognini
took just 47 minutes to beat Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-1.