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Radek Štepánek - David Ferrer Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainD Ferrer76---
Czech RepublicR Štepánek62---

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  1. - - FERRER 7-6 6-2 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! David Ferrer is through to the third round of the Madrid Masters after disposing of Radek Stepanek in straight sets, and the second was extremely comfortable in the end after winning the first on a tie-break. Next up for Ferrer will be a clash with either Nicolas Almagro or Marcel Granollers. Full drawsheet

  2. - - FERRER 7-6 5-2 - Ferrer moves to within a game of the match as he drives a backhand down the line, and the Spaniard is very fired up and determined as he closes in on a fairly comfortable victory.

  3. - - FERRER 7-6 4-2 - Stepanek moves in court to hammer a forehand cross court, and he reduces the deficit once more, clenching his fist in delight as he throws the balls away and prepares to take on Ferrer's serve once more.

  4. - - FERRER 7-6 4-1 - Ferrer has no problem in holding serve to restore his three-game cushion, and he finds three big first deliveries to ensure that he remains in control. Can Stepanek keep up the pressure?

  5. - - FERRER 7-6 3-1 - Stepanek bludgeons a forehand cross court at 30-30 before finding two big first serves to close out the game in composed fashion. He is at least managing to remain in contention in this second set.

  6. - - FERRER 7-6 3-0 - It's easy going for Ferrer all of a sudden as he pounds two forehand winners once more to ensure that Stepanek remains firmly under the cosh and unable to compete. The Spaniard looks in commanding form now.

  7. - - FERRER 7-6 2-0 - BREAK! Ferrer stamps his authority on this second set with a stunning break of serve as he slams successive forehand winners down the line to close out the game and ensure the advantage! Stepanek will have to really step up his intensity now.

  8. - - FERRER 7-6 1-0 - Ferrer gets going with a solid hold at the start of the second set, and Stepanek is unable to challenge as he goes long with two overhit forehand returns.

  9. - - FERRER 6-6 (7-4) – SET! Stepanek gets ahead at 4-3 and serving – but Ferrer conjures a mighty return which Stepanek cannot volley back to make it 4-4. And Ferrer, sensing his opportunity, grows in strength. The Spanish crowd love it as he reels off four straight points to take the set. A service winner to finish things off and he’s surely a strong favourite from here.

  10. - - FERRER 6-6 (3-3) – The first three points go with serve, before Stepanek tries to pick out the very corner of the court with the backhand and misses marginally long. He digs in, and pounces on a Ferrer level at 3-3.

  11. - - FERRER 6-6 - Ferrer strong enough to force the tiebreak. This one is evenly poised. Going into the breaker, Ferrer has won 32 points so far to Stepanek's 34.

  12. - - FERRER 5-6 - No let-up from Stepanek, whose serves, particularly to the body, are proving awkward for Ferrer. He wraps up a hold, and Ferrer has to respond to force a tiebreak.

  13. - - FERRER 5-5 - When the rallies get longer, Ferrer comes to the fore. Three times the exchanges go beyond a handful of strokes, three times Ferrer gets Stepanek running from one side of the court to the other before killing off the rally. Tiebreak approaching?

  14. - - FERRER 4-5 - Stepanek is not going to give the fifth seed an easy afternoon, is he? Another comfortable hold means that Ferrer finds himself in the position of having to serve to stay in the set.

  15. - - FERRER 4-4 - That's Ferrer's best service game in a while - a hold to 15 where he looked very assured.

  16. - - FERRER 3-4 - Stepanek is a 33-year-old veteran, and he's drawing on all that experience here. So far, he looks like the better player, stepping into midcourt and putting the ball away with confidence. He holds to love.

  17. - - FERRER 3-3 - Super start from Stepanek to take the first two points, but Ferrer comes straight back with a serve out wide which just catches the line, before Stepanek nets a return to level things at 30-30. A poor forehand from Ferrer with the line at his mercy concedes the first break point, but Ferrer saves that, and digs deep to make it 3-3. A little chance for Radek slips away.

  18. - - FERRER 2-3 - Cheeky from Ferrer - very cheeky. He plays a drop shot which clips the net and bounces out of Stepanek's reach to move into a 15-30 lead. Stepanek responds with a very decent drop and pass of his own, then catches the line with a well-judged backhand winner. Ferrer blasts a return wide, and the Czech nudges back in front.

  19. - - FERRER 2-2 - Some fierce support for Ferrer in these early stages - impressive, really, given it's still lunchtime in Spain. The noise will go up a notch when Nadal emerges for the next match. Ferrer and Stepanek evenly matched so far - the Spaniard holds to 30, steadily enough.

  20. - - FERRER 1-2 - Just as the Spaniard looks to be settling into a rhythm and pegs Stepanek back to 30-30, he misses a couple of key groundstrokes long, allowing Stepanek to hold.

  21. - - FERRER 1-1 - Equally convincing response from Ferrer, who holds to 15. Very decent service game from the Spaniard, who is not renowned for his serve - but the Czech struggles to get many returns in play.

  22. - - FERRER 0-1 - Good start for the Czech who serves first, holding comfortably in the Madrid sunshine. But there's a big round of applause as home hope Ferrer prepares for his first service game.

  23. 12:10 - HEAD-TO-HEAD: Ferrer and Stepanek have met eight times on the ATP Tour, and Ferrer has a 5-3 lead. On clay Ferrer leads 2-1, with the Czech's only win coming on clay in Rome in 2008.

Radek Štepánek

Nationality CZE
Date of Birth 27/11/1978
Height 1.85 m
Weight 76 kg

David Ferrer

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 02/04/1982
Height 1.75 m
Weight 73 kg

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