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Ferrer Falls As Fellow Masters Cup Hopefuls Reach QFs

Top-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer (pictured) experienced a China Open debut to forget on Thursday. The Tennis Masters Cup hopeful, who started the week at No. 6 in the ATP 2008 Race to Shanghai, lost his opening round match against World No. 95 Dudi Sela of Israel 6-3, 6-3 in 70 minutes. It was the pair’s first meeting.

Sela first beat a Top 10 player on Davis Cup duty for Israel against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the World Group play-offs last year and improves to 2-3 lifetime (1-2 in 2008). The 23-year-old Tel Aviv resident improved to 13-20 on the season, after recording back-to-back wins on the ATP circuit for the first time since ATP Masters Series Miami in late March.

Ferrer could only convert one of seven break point opportunities, while the World No. 5 lost his serve four times. The 26-year-old dropped to 42-19 on the season, which has been highlighted by two ATP titles at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d. Gicquel) and Valencia (d. Almagro) with one runner-up finish at Barcelona (l. to Nadal).

Sela goes on to contest his first ATP quarterfinal since October 2007 at Tokyo (l. to Gasquet). He will attempt to reach his maiden ATP semifinal with victory over another Spaniard, sixth seed Tommy Robredo, on Friday. Sela has a 1-0 record, having beaten Robredo at ATP Masters Series Miami in March.

Robredo improved to 3-0 lifetime against Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic with a 6-2, 6-3 win in 65 minutes. The 26-year-old has captured his seventh ATP title at Bastad (d. Berdych) and finished runner-up in Warsaw (d. Davydenko) this season (32-18 record). The 2006 Tennis Masters Cup qualifier is currently No. 17 in the ATP 2008 Race.
Andy Roddick Second-seeded American Andy Roddick (pictured right), who lost to Ferrer in the Davis Cup semifinals in Madrid last weekend, hit 17 aces past countryman Brendan Evans in a 6-4, 6-3 win. The Nebraskan, who trailed Ferrer by eight points in the ATP 2008 Race to Shanghai at the start of the week, is attempting to clinch his place at the circuit finale for a fifth time.

Roddick, who has hit 618 aces in 46 matches this year (No. 2 in Ace leaders behind Ivo Karlovic), won 27 of 35 points on first serve, and saved two of three break points. A two-time titlist on the ATP circuit this year at San Jose (d. Stepanek) and Dubai (d. Lopez), the 26-year-old improved to 38-13 on the season while World No. 187 Evans dropped to a 1-3 mark.

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