World No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain beat Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday, winning his first career Olympic match and advancing to the second round at the London 2012 Games.
The 4th-seeded Ferrer lost to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in the first round at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Ferrer, who won his first-round doubles match with partner Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, had to deal with rain delays that altered the schedule of play.
The start of the Spaniard's match was delayed and play was interrupted again at the start of the second set.
"There is lots of dead time and the Olympic Games organization is different than Wimbledon, and here, since everything is new, it's not easy," the Spanish player said.
Ferrer did not get back on court for nearly four hours, but he was able to complete his match.
"It wasn't easy. We stopped and returned. You know how it is here in London. I started nervous. It cost me in getting going and I played more calmly in the second set, and I played better," Ferrer said.
The Spanish player talked about how hard it was to get food during the rain delay.
"Regarding the food, there was no pasta before 11:30. I had to call Luis Badal, the physiotherapist who is at the house rented by the (Spanish Tennis) Federation near here so he could cook me a plate of pasta," Ferrer said.
Next up for Ferrer is the winner of the match between Slovenia's Balz Kavcic and India's Vishnu Vardhan, who took the slot originally belonging to Germany's Phillip Kohlschreiber. EFE