De­fend­ing cham­pion Ferrer wins in Vi­enna

Malta Independent - - SPORT | CLASSIFIEDS -

De­fend­ing cham­pion David Ferrer had to play only five games to ad­vance to the sec­ond round of the Erste Bank Open yes­ter­day after Kyle Ed­mund pulled out with a hip in­jury.

The fifth-seeded Spa­niard was a ser­vice break up at 3-2 when Ed­mund, who is ranked a ca­reer­high 40th, quit the match. Ed­mund had beaten Ferrer on the way to his first-ca­reer semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance in An­twerp last week.

Feli­ciano Lopez, who won his maiden ti­tle in Vi­enna in 2004, de­feated sev­enth-seeded Lu­cas Pouille 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to set up a match against John Is­ner.

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