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David Ferrer reaches 4th round at Key Biscayne

Sunday - 3/24/2013, 2:42pm  ET

David Ferrer, of Spain, is unable to reach a return by Fabio Fognini, of Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 3-seeded David Ferrer has defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5 to start the men's third round at the Sony Open.

In sunny, windy, sweltering weather Sunday, Ferrer held every service game and improved to 22-4 this year. He leads the men's tour in victories.

The Spaniard improved to 6-0 against Fognini, including three victories this year, and reached the fourth round at Key Biscayne for the eighth time. Ferrer next faces No. 13 Kei Nishikori, who beat Xavier Malisse 6-2, 7-5.

In women's play, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 11 Nadia Petrova lost. Kerber was beaten by No. 28 Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-0, while Petrova lost to No. 22 Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Lucky loser Lauren Davis of the United States was beaten by No. 32 Alize Cornet, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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