By Stephanie Neppl
David Ferrer of Spain made a successful return to singles play in the Heineken Open today with a quick win over Czech Lukas Rosol. The top seed won in an hour and never faced a break point in the match, winning 6-4 6-2.
Ferrer said it was a difficult win due to the Czech’s powerful game, and he expects a tough match against Alejandro Falla. “He plays very flat and there will be good rallies in the match,” he said.
Meanwhile, his compatriot Nicolas Almagro also won in straight sets over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia by the identical scoreline, 6-4 6-2. Almagro, who made the semifinals here last year, will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.
Two seeds were sent home today. Number four seed Juan Ignacio Chela lost to qualifier Benoit Paire of France in three sets. The Frenchman will now face another upset winner – Olivier Rochus who battled past #6 seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. The two battled for 3 hours and 12 minutes as the Belgian pulle...