Gabashvili sends Ferrer packing

Gabashvili sends Ferrer packing

Four-time finalist David Ferrer crashed out in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, producing a rusty performance to lose 6-4, 6-2 to Georgia's Teymuraz Gabashvili.

The world number five, who beat fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal en route to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, was a long way from his best against a player 50 players below him on the ATP rankings.

Gabashvili made precious few mistakes, breaking the second seed four times on his way to victory. Gabashvili raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set but it appeared as though Ferrer was back on track when he levelled at 3-3.

Ferrer, continued to make unforced errors though, and once he went a set behind he looked dispirited.

Third seed Fabio Fognini from Italy also bowed out with a whimper, trailing 6-0, 4-0 to Colombian Santiago Giraldo when he retired from the second round match.

Somdev wins

Somdev Devvarman finally tasted victory after a long while when he won his first round match of the doubles event along with Croatian partner Ante Pavic.

Somdev and Pavic won 6-4, 6-4 against local wild card entrants Roberto Bautista Agut and Albert Montanes in their opening round match.