Tennis: Ferrer wins 3rd-round match at Australian Open

AP, Saturday 21 Jan 2012

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer has moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 27 Juan Ignacio Chela

David Ferrer
David Ferrer of Spain hits a return to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS)

Ferrer reached the semifinals at Melbourne Park last year, where he beat fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals before losing to Andy Murray. That equaled his best performance at a major—he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2007 U.S. Open semifinals.

The 29-year-old Ferrer came into the season’s first major after successfully defending his title at Auckland last week and is now on a seven-match winning streak.

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