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Ferrer, Almagro To Clash In Valencia QFs

Valencia, Spain

Almagro© Queimadelos/Valencia Open 500Nicolas Almagro set a quarter-final clash with David Ferrer.

World No. 5 David Ferrer cruised through to the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open 500 on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over countryman Albert Ramos. Ferrer saved five of the six break points he faced to seal the win in 84 minutes.

The top-seeded Ferrer is bidding to lift his third trophy at his hometown event, having triumphed in 2008 (d. Almagro) and 2010 (d. Granollers). This season, Ferrer has won a career-best five ATP World Tour titles on three different surfaces and has a 64-14 match record.

For a spot in the semi-finals, Ferrer will carry an 11-0 record against compatriot Nicolas Almagro. The sixth-seeded Spaniard defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-0, capitalising on five of his 10 break point chances to advance in one hour and 51 minutes.

Almagro is in contention to claim one of the final two slots to the season finale at The O2, sitting in 10th position. He has won a career-high 57 matches in 2012, capturing titles in Sao Paulo (d. Volandri) and Nice (d. Baker).

Reigning champion Marcel Granollers advanced to the quarter-finals after rallying past Gilles Simon 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 34 minutes. Granollers won 80 per cent of his first serve points and broke Simon four times to defeat the Frenchman for the fourth time in their five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Three of those victories have come in Valencia. The 26-year-old Spaniard improved to a 17-4 record at the ATP World Tour 500 event.

In the quarter-finals, Granollers will play Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukranian reached his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer broke a two-match losing streak against Xavier Malisse of Belgium with a 7-5, 6-2 win in 73 minutes.

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