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Old 06-25-2005, 03:56 PM   #35
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Ferrero Floors Mayer


Saturday, June 25, 2005


Juan Carlos Ferrero repeated his best result at Wimbledon with his four-set defeat of Florian Mayer of Germany taking him into the fourth round for the second time.

Ferrero, the Spanish 23rd seed and, as 2003 French champion, one of seven Grand Slam winners to start at Wimbledon this year, defeated Mayer 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes on No.2 Court.

Mayer had already beaten two Spanish players, Santiago Ventura and Fernando Verdasco, and his confident start against Ferrero suggested he still had a reserve of confidence from last year when he was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

The 21-year-old Mayer soon put pressure on Ferrero by taking his serve as early as the fourth game and held on to that advantage to gain a one-set lead after only 23 minutes. Then the mood of the match changed, with Ferrero becoming more assertive and rapidly devising a formula that took him through the next three sets for the loss of only four games. It was a surprising but well sustained change of course for the 25-year-old Ferrero and the dejected Mayer could not find a way to challenge the situation.

In the final game Mayer did save two match points before missing a forehand on Ferrero's third chance of victory.

The win gave Ferrero his best Grand Slam placing of the year. He made the third round at the Australian Open and repeated that at the French Open. The Spaniard will now play defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.

Written by Barry Newcombe
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