posted on May, 27 2004 @ 03:27 PM
Unseeded Russian Igor Andreev caused a sensation on Thursday evening by claiming the
scalp of injury-stricken defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the French Open second round. The 20-year-old Russian, making his debut at the
tournament, hammered the Spaniard 6-4 6-2 6-3 in just over two hours to progress to the third round.
The Spaniard, 24, has struggled with illness and injury this year and nearly withdrew before the tournament. Andreev, ranked 77th in the world, had
never won a Grand Slam match before. But the Russian dominated the match, completing his victory in just over two hours to set up a third round match
with France's Julien Benneteau.
It is the worst performance in five years at the Paris grand slam for Ferrero. The Spaniard had reached the semi-finals or better in each of his four
previous appearances in Paris. Ferrero's defeat was only the fourth time the defending men's champion at Roland Garros has lost in the second round
since tennis turned professional in 1968.