David Ferrer needed four sets to progress to the Australian Open second round on Tuesday against Brazil’s Thomasz Bellucci 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Ferrer dropped the first set but then stormed back to win in two hours and 15 minutes on Showcourt 3. Both players served just four aces each in a classic baseline battle, as to be expected in a clash between a Spaniard and a Brazilian.
Ferrer hit 25 winners while Bellucci hit 29 of his own but unforced errors was the biggest difference on the day. The Spaniard committed 26 such while the Brazilian was guilty on a whopping 59 occasions. Elsewhere, world number one Novak Djokovic stormed into the second round after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 beating of Aljaz Bedene. Although Bedene out-aced the top seed 12-8, Djokovic hit 30 winners to 22 on his way to a relatively easy win in 107 minutes.
Meanwhile, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka wasted no time in booking his Australian Open second round berth on Tuesday after a comfortable 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan in only 89 minutes. The Swiss powered 89 winners past the Turk on his way to victory at the Rod Laver Arena. Fifth seed Kei Nishikori also won with a straight sets triumph over Nicholas Almagro.
The Japanese completed a 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 victory over the Spaniard in two hours and seven minutes. Canada’s Milos Raonic is also through to the next round after he defeated Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 in Melbourne.