In the battle between two fine clay-courters,the 34-year-old former Roland-Garros runner-up Ferrer prevailed Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 after three hours and 12 minutes. Monaco is currently ranked No. 92 and the 32-year-old has not done as well as expected in Paris, but reached the third-round here for the first time since 2012.
Ferrer said: “It was very tough, always with Juan. We are physical players in our game. The court is slower and it is not easy to win with short rallies and winners. It was a good match. I felt that we both played very good. The key was in little moments.”
The Adidas black and white colors are perfect for her as these are the colours of the Partizan Belgrade, her favourite football team. In the third round she defeated Japan’s Kurumi Nara 7-5, 6-1.
In the second round the 25-year-old David Goffin defeated Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq with a solid 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.
Goffin said: “We have so many players, good players. Some are injured and that’s going to be important. That’s going to be the key to succeeding, to manage injuries and the replacement players.”