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David Ferrer crashes out in the second round in Barcelona

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Spanish number two David Ferrer has been knocked out of the Barcelona Open after being beaten in the second round by Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Ferrer is just one of a number of big names who have been sent packing early from this tournament.

Fabio Fognini retired in the second set of his match after trailing 6-0, 4-0 and Alexandr Dolgopolov was beaten by Albert Montanes in straight sets. Feliciano Lopez was another seeded casualty.

Last Friday, Ferrer ended his 17-match losing streak to Rafael Nadal and reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo. But the second seed for this event was unable to perform at his best in today's tie and immediately went 3-0 down in the first set.

Despite breaking back, Ferrer never had a foot hold in the match and lost 6-4, 6-2.

He appeared to be struggling with his serving as he notched up four double faults and won just 35% of points on his second serve.

This is the first time that the world number 55 Gabashvili has beaten the Spaniard and he will now take on Spanish wild card Inigo Cervantes for a place in the quarter-finals.

32-year-old Ferrer is set to play in Madrid next as he continues his preparations for this year's French Open where he will hope to build on last year's result.

He reached the final of the tournament in 2013 but was no match for Nadal. However, having beaten him already this year, he will be fancying his chances.

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