February 20, 2013
David Ferrer last played at the Australian Open, where he made the semifinals.
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Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain began his defense of the Copa Claro title with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Argentine wild card Agustin Velotti on Wednesday.

Ferrer, ranked No. 4, is a strong favorite to win his second tournament of the young season. He won in Auckland, New Zealand, last month.

The first-round match was postponed on Tuesday because of rain in the Argentine capital.

Second-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain played a second-round match later against Andrey Kuznetsov. Argentines David Nalbandian and Carlos Berlocq also played later in a first-round match.

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