Ferrer flattens apologetic Youzhny
Sixth seed David Ferrer kept plenty in reserve as he breezed past an out-of-sorts Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the French Open.
Spain's Ferrer, a potential quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray, barely broke sweat on his way to a 6-0 6-2 6-2 triumph in one hour 41 minutes.
At 30 years of age, Ferrer is running out of opportunities to get his hands on the French Open trophy, and so will be grateful to have barely made a dent in his stamina tank.
Youzhny led Ferrer 4-2 in the head-to-head ahead of the contest, but looked to have no answer to his opponent's persistent, battling style. The Spaniard always looks most confident on clay, and this match was no exception - although it should be noted he has never been past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
When Youzhny finally got on the board during the second frame, he scrawled "sorry" on the court, before normal service was resumed, with Ferrer always in total control. He grabbed seven breaks of serve in all, while Youzhny did himself no favours by succumbing to 39 unforced errors - nearly four times as many as his opponent.
Ferrer will face Paul-Henri Mathieu or Marcel Granollers in the fourth round, which will be the precursor to that prospective Murray meeting.
Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic recovered from a break down in the third set to stroll past home favourite Julien Benneteau 6-3 7-5 6-4. Tipsarevic moves into a clash with Nicolas Almagro, who took care of Leonardo Mayer.
Re: Ferrer flattens apologetic Youzhny
good player , just can't get his hands on slams