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Ferrer and Roddick into Tokyo third round

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  • Defending champion David Ferrer reaches third round of Japan Open in Tokyo
  • Second seed Andy Roddick sees off Ivo Minar of Croatia in three-set marathon
  • Thailand Open winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also progresses in three sets
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(CNN) -- Defending champion David Ferrer of Spain saw off American Jesse Levine in three sets on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.

Ferrer takes the applause of the fans in Tokyo after his three-set win.

Top seed Ferrer, looking to bounce back from a first round exit in Beijing last week, beat Levine 6-4 4-6 6-1 in his first match of the tournament. "Every week is different," said Ferrer.

"I played a very good match today, a lot better than last week."

He will next play home player Takao Suzuki, who defeated 15th seed Simon Bolelli of Italy 7-6 4-6 7-6 in a later match.

Second seed Andy Roddick was later thoroughly extended by his second round opponent Ivo Minar of Croatia.

Roddick, a convincing winner of the preceding China Open, prevailed after three tiebreak sets 7-6 6-7 7-6.

"I feel like I played OK," the American told the Associated Press. "I'm tired coming off last week, I've played a lot of tennis. He played well and I'm just happy to be through and play again."

Roddick, who also had a first-round bye, will face Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the third round. Melzer beat Simon Stadler of Germany 6-2 6-3.

Roddick trailed 4-1 in the second set but fought back to take a 6-5 lead only to be broken in the final game by Minar, who then won the second tiebreaker.

"You always expect a tough match but not necessarily three tiebreakers and two hours and 45 minutes," Roddick said. "I was facing new conditions, I was run down from last week and I had a long flight from Spain the week before."

Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, fresh from his success in Thailand where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final, was also taken to three sets before going through. The Frenchman dropped the middle set before beating American Bobby Reynolds 4-6 7-6 6-4.

Elsewhere, leading Japanese player Kei Nishikori continued his fine run with a 6-4 6-4 win over 16th seed Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain.

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