David Ferrer moves into third round at the Australian Open

Ferrer, who needed five match points to close out the match, reached the semifinals at Melbourne Park in 2011 and the quarterfinals last year.

updated: January 16, 2013 13:03 IST
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Melbourne: Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer needed five match points before subduing American Tim Smyczek in four sets to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Ferrer was extended by the 125th-ranked American before clinching a 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win in 2hr 38min on Margaret Court Arena to take his place in the last 32 of the tournament.

The Spaniard looked to be heading for a regulation straight-sets victory but the tenacious Smyczek broke him twice to take the set and keep Ferrer longer out on the court.

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