Ferrero hurts arm, but survives

Updated: January 22, 2004, 8:29 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia-- French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame an arm injury and advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 win Thursday over Italian Filippo Volandri.

The third-seeded Ferrero hurt his left arm when he lunged for a backhand volley in the opening game of the third set. It didn't seem to slow him down.

Ferrero was broken in that game, but converted on two break points in the following game to even the set 3-all. He clinched the victory when he broke Volandri in the 12th game, ending the match in 2 hours, 18 minutes.

The 23-year-old Spaniard, who reached the quarterfinals last year and was a finalist at the U.S. Open, advances to face Sweden's Joachim Johansson, a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5 winner over Alberto Martin of Spain.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, ranked No. 2, had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over American qualifier Jeff Morrison. Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon winner, advanced with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over Slovakian Karol Kucera.

Eighth-seeded David Nalbandian, a former Wimbledon finalist, had a 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 win over German Florian Mayer, and Rafel Nadal of Spain defeated Thierry Ascione of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

No. 11 seed Tim Henman of Britain overpowered Radek Stepanek 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to keep alive his dream of a grand slam title.

"I felt like the first set and a half I was kind of dictating...and to a certain extent dominating the match," Henman said.

"At the end of the second, set [Stepanek] took the initiative away from me. But then to go and win the third and fourth 6-3, 6-0, it was very good for one's confidence."

A consistent performer, Henman has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open from 2000 to 2002 but has been unable to go further.

"I felt like my game plan amd my tactics were good and I was coming forward, you know, pretty much as much as possible," said Henman, who won 50 out of 73 points at the net. "I was very strong between the ears."

No. 10 Mark Philippoussis, a Wimbledon finalist last year and the star of Australia's Davis Cup victory over Spain in December, won a tough match against Fabrice Santoro of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Australian Todd Reid, who was vomiting at courtside before serving for the match in the fourth set, beat Armenia's Sargis Sargsian 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4.

Reid served for the match in the ninth game of the deciding fifth set but was broken. He clinched it in the next game when Sargsian's forehand sailed wide.

Also advancing were No. 14 Jiri Novak and No. 26 Albert Costa, who survived a five-setter against hard-serving Australian Wayne Arthurs. No. 31 Wayne Ferreira also advanced, beating David Sanchez in four sets.

Agustin Calleri, seeded 22nd, lost to fellow Argentine Guillermo Canas.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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