Ferrer battles back for victory

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TOP seed David Ferrer was forced to come from a set down against qualifier Dustin Brown before moving into the second round of the Qatar Open.

Brown made a nonsense of the 162-place gap in the rankings to take the first set but the Spaniard recovered to prevail 5-7 6-3 6-2.

Brown, of Germany, fired down eight aces in the first set and took advantage of his three break-point opportunities to take the opener and pose the possibility of a huge shock.

Ferrer was much improved in the second and final sets and gave his opponent little chance.

Although Brown sent down a further six aces, he could not repeat his exploits of the first set with the match over in two hours and 33 minutes.

Mikhail Youzhny beat Benjamin Becker 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-1.

The fourth seed overcame his German opponent in two hours and 19 minutes to become the fourth Russian to achieve the feat of 400 match wins on the ATP Tour after Yevgeny Kafelnikov (609), Nikolay Davydenko (455) and Marat Safin (422).

Second seed Richard Gasquet went through in an hour and a quarter with a 6-3 6-4 victory over qualifier Jan Hernych.

Gasquet’s compatriot Gael Monfils took only 47 minutes to progress 6-0 6-3 against local wild card Mousa Shanan Zayed, 6-0 6-3.

Fifth seed Jeremy Chardy was upset by German qualifier Daniel Brands who beat the Frenchman 6-4 6-4.

Brands made light of a gap of 121 places in the world rankings as he took advantage of six double faults by his opponent to win through in 68 minutes.

Eighth seed Pablo Andujar’s tournament came to an end as he was beaten 6-2 7-6 (7/2) by Czech Lukas Rosol in just over 90 minutes.

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