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Australian Open: Ferrer beats Escobedo to set up Bautista Agut clash

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Spain's David Ferrer defeated American Ernesto Escobedo to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Ferrer took two hours and 46 minutes to achieve a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the second round.

The 21st seed Ferrer will now face his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, who had earlier defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in a shade over two hours.

"I am 21 in the world. This is my ranking. I'm not thinking about (my position)," the former world No. 3 was quoted as saying by the tournament's official website.

"(At) this moment I'm trying to enjoy myself and my tennis. I'm going step by step and will be focused on my next round. I don't have a sure goal. Depends on the moment, the part of the season. We just begun the season - we'll see (as it progresses).

"It was tough. I'd never played with Escobedo and he surprised me. He had very good shots, lots of power and it was not easy. I made a few mistakes in the first set, little bit nervous," Ferrer admitted.

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