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13th April
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from the official Valencia tournament website
13 April 2004
Top seed and defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the second round of the the II Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana on Tuesday, scoring a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 win over close friend and wild card Israel Matos Gil. The 21-year-old Spaniard is a member of the Academia Equelite-Juan Carlos Ferrero in Villena and made his debut at an ATP-level event this week.
This was Ferrero’s first ATP clay court event of the season and over the weekend he led Spain to a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands at the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Palma de Mallorca, winning his two singles matches.
The Spaniard holds a 12-4 match record for the season but has yet to win an ATP title in 2004. His best effort is a final appearance in Rotterdam, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Last year he claimed four titles in as many as seven finals, including Roland Garros, his first Grand Slam crown, the ATP Masters Series event in Monte-Carlo, and Valencia.
Ferrero’s opponent in the second round is Czech Jan Vacek, a player he defeated in four sets in his opening round match at the US Open last year.

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