David Ferrer stunned by Marcel Granollers
Marcel Granollers knocked David Ferrer out of the Japan Open
Tokyo: Marcel Granollers knocked fellow Spaniard and former champion David Ferrer out of the Japan Open in a first-round upset on Monday 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The win over the tournament's second seed was the first for Granollers in six meetings with his compatriot, ranked fifth in the world.
The early loss is a blow to Ferrer’s chances as he fights to qualify for one of five remaining spots at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in November in London. Ferrer, who also went out in the first round in Shenzhen last week, went down in just over two hours after his serve was broken four times.
Granollers rallied after losing the opening set, taking a 5-1 lead in the second set before Ferrer, known as a dogged competitor, pulled it back to 4-5. But Granollers went on to take the set in the next game, bringing about a deciding set.
South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson held off rising young ATP player Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to advance to the second round.
( Source : AFP )