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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