Ferrer wins Buenos Aires opener
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Top-seeded and defending champion David Ferrer was an easy first-round winner Wednesday at the clay-court Copa Claro tennis event.
The world No. 4 star cruised past Argentine wild card Agustin Velotti 6-4, 6-1 at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, where the Spaniard beat compatriot and 2011 champion Nicolas Almagro in last year's final in the Argentine capital. Ferrer was also a runner-up here in 2010.
Ferrer's second-round opponent on Thursday will be last week's Sao Paulo runner-up to Rafael Nadal -- Argentine tennis hero David Nalbandian, who held off fellow countryman Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Day 3.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian titled in Buenos Aires in 2008.
In other opening-round action, sixth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini bested Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-3 and Argentine lucky-loser Marco Trungelliti was leading fellow countryman Facundo Arguello 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 when the qualifier retired on Day 3.
This week's champ will pocket $84,550.
02/20 16:07:39 ET