25 Apr 2013

Qualifier Tursunov stuns top seed Ferrer in Barcelona

6:53 am on 25 April 2013

Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov has stunned the top seed and world number four David Ferrer 7-5 3-6 6-1 in the second round of the Barcelona Open ATP clay court tennis tournament.

Four-time finalist Ferrer had pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters event last week with an unspecified leg injury picked up when losing in the Miami final to Andy Murray last month.

The Spaniard capped an error-strewn display in sunny, but blustery conditions when he overhit a cross-shot to hand Tursunov victory.

Rafael Nadal, who beat Ferrer in last year's final, began his bid for an eighth Barcelona title with a straight sets defeat of Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.