Ferrer, Roddick advance in Tokyo

Oct. 1, 2008 at 2:19 PM
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TOKYO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- David Ferrer and Andy Roddick each survived three-set scares Wednesday in advancing to the third round of the $869,000 Japan Open Tennis Championships.

Ferrer, seeded No. 1 this week, was able to get past Jesse Levine 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The second-seeded Roddick was pushed to three-tiebreakers, including a first-set marathon that he won 13-11 in a 7-6 (13-11), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2) win over Ivo Minar that took 2 hours, 43 minutes.

All of the top eight seeded players won second-round matches Wednesday. No. 3-seeded Fernando Gonzalez rallied for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu and fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet topped Martin Slanar 6-4, 6-2.

Fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro was sharp in a 7-5, 6-0 win over Dudi Sela while sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo stopped Joseph Sirianni 6-2, 6-2. Also, seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Bobby Reynolds and No. 8-seeded Mikhail Youzhny eliminated Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 6-2.

Three lower-seeded players -- No. 13 Sam Querrey, 15th-seeded Simone Belli and 16th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez -- were ousted.

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