Paris Masters: Ferrer cruises, Wawrinka made to work

David Ferrer became the first player to reach the last 16 of the Paris Masters on Tuesday when he brushed aside Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets.

The eighth seed sat out the first round, but started round two like a house on fire on and needed just 61 minutes to see his way past the Ukrainian.

Dolgopolov managed to hold his serve in the opening stages of the match, before Ferrer strung together five wins to take the set 6-2.

The second set was almost a carbon copy of the first, with the 2012 champion once again choosing to strike after the first four games to win 6-2.

Up next for the world number eight is either 12th seed Marin Cilic or Grigor Dimitrov, who face off on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Stan Wawrinka also reached the third round after winning his 93-minute-long match against Bernard Tomic in straight sets.

Wawrinka required just 37 minutes to win the first set; breaking Tomic early to take a 3-0 lead before holding his serve throughout to win 6-3.

However, Australia’s Tomic refused to simply hand victory to the Swiss and came within a point of breaking Wawrinka in the 12th game to steal victory in the second set.

Tomic forced his opponent to defend a total of four breakpoints in the second set, and defended one himself, before eventually succumbing to defeat in the tiebreak to lose 7-6(8-6).

Wawrinka will face either Viktor Troicki or 15th seed Feliciano Lopez in round three. Lopez sat out the first round, while Troicki beat Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3.

In other results from Tuesday’s action, qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin scored the biggest upset of the day when he defeated world number 21 Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6(7-1), 7-6(7-5) in two hours and 13 minutes.

Roger-Vasselin goes on to face fifth seed and 2005 titlist Tomas Berdych. Karlovic will finish 2015 with 1447 aces, just 30 shy of the record set by Goran Ivanisevic set in 1996.

Borna Coric shocked Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second round clash against second seed and world number three Andy Murray.

Jeremy Chardy defeated wildcard entrant and fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will next face sixth seeded and world number seven Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Pierre Hughes-Herbert became the second Frenchman eliminated on Tuesday when he lost 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 to Roberto Bautista-Agut.

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