LYON, France -- Third-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero was upset by David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the second round of the Lyon Open.
"I started the match well, but he raised his game in the second and started to play better in the third," Ferrero said. "Every loss is disappointing, but this one even more so, as I felt good coming into the tournament."
Although the two are both from Spain, they had never met in an ATP match.
"It was the first time I was playing against him," Ferrer, 22, said. "He's always been like a model to me and defeating him is definitely a very special moment. I am feeling a little bit tired at the moment, it was a battle as Juan Carlos doesn't give you a chance, you need to be present on every point, but tomorrow I will be doing much better."
Ferrer will face Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden in Friday's
Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, a semifinalist last year, overcame
Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4). Youzhny faces
Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Fourth-seeded Joachim Johansson of Sweden beat qualifier Julien
Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 and will now play Robin Soderling. Jurgen Melzer
of Austria eliminated Hicham Arazi of Morocco 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 and
next faces Vince Spadea.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.