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Ferrer wins opener in Flushing

Fourth seed David Ferrer was a first-round winner Wednesday at the 2012 U.S. Open.

The gritty Spaniard straight-setted 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at Armstrong Stadium. Anderson misfired for 31 unforced errors on Day 3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Ferrer's second-round opponent will be Dutchman Igor Sijsling, who defeated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 on a beautiful day in New York City.

Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic had to come all the way back in order to beat France's Guillaume Rufin in five sets, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. It marked the fifth time in his career that the gritty Tipsarevic has overcome a two-sets-to-love deficit on the ATP World Tour.

American Brian Baker moved on with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Czech Jan Hajek and will meet Tipsarevic in the round of 64.

Also advancing to the second round was Slovenian Grega Zemlja.