Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Last year's French Open runner-up David Ferrer was a hard-fought second-round winner Tuesday at the $5 million Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event.
The fifth-seeded Spanish favorite outlasted compatriot Albert Ramos 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-3 in a near three-hour battle on the red clay at the Magic Box.
"Albert was playing very well," said Ferrer. "He wasn't missing a lot of balls and it was really tough for me."
Ferrer enjoyed an opening-round bye at this French Open tune-up.
Other second-round results saw eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic dismiss Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-3, 10th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori clobber Spanish wild card Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-1, and Roberto Bautista Agut outduel fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
In first-round action involving seeds on Day 3, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov upended 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 and Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling upset 14th-seeded German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
A fatigued Fognini was last week's runner-up in Munich.
"Fabio always plays well on clay. So it was a tough match and I'm happy to be through," said Dolgopolov.
Also in round one, Spaniard Nicolas Almagro needed 11 match points before finally outlasting Kazakhstani qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours, 31 minutes; South African Kevin Anderson overcame Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Latvian Ernests Gulbis got past menacing Pole Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2; Croat Marin Cilic drubbed Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1; and Argentine Juan Monaco erased Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-3.
In some more second-round action on Wednesday, three-time champion Rafael Nadal will meet Monaco and seventh-seeded 2008 Madrid winner Andy Murray will take on Almagro.
Nadal topped Swiss Stan Wawrinka in last year's finale.