VALENCIA OPEN 500
Ferrer On Course; Janowicz, Chardy Advance
by ATP Staff|
Top seed David Ferrer stayed on course in his title defence at the Valencia Open 500 on Thursday, dismissing Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-1 in just 70 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard court tournament.
The Spaniard broke serve four times as he inched ahead to a 5-4 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Benneteau. Ferrer is looking to win the Valencia title for the fourth time, following victories in 2008 (on clay, d. Almagro), 2010 (d. Granollers) and 2012 (d. Dolgopolov).
The 32-year-old Ferrer is coming off a runner-up showing at the If Stockholm Open (l. to Dimitrov) and chasing his third ATP World Tour title of the year. The Roland Garros runner-up has already secured his place in the eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
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Fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz defeated Portuguese rising star Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5. The 22-year-old Pole hit 13 aces and won 76 per cent of his service points as he clinched victory in 73 minutes.
Janowicz has been limited in his schedule since a run to the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Murray), having struggled with an arm and back injury. The right-hander is bidding to win his first ATP World Tour title this week and goes on to face either top seed David Ferrer or Julien Benneteau for a semi-final spot.
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Jeremy Chardy reached his fourth tour-level quarter-final of the season as he upset fourth seed John Isner 7-6(7), 6-3. The Frenchman managed to out-ace Isner 17-12 and break the American twice to claim victory in 82 minutes. The 26-year-old Chardy, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in January (l. to Murray), improved to a 22-23 match record on the season and goes on to face Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov.
Jarkko Nieminen defeated qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3 in 67 minutes. The Finn was a finalist at the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf (l. to Monaco) in May and has a 31-25 match record on the season. Nieminen next will face Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3.
In the final singles match of the day, third seed Nicolas Almagro dispatched of qualifer Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 21 minutes to reach his 11th quarter-final of 2013. Almagro, who won the Valencia title in 2006 and 2007, goes on to play fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Fabio Fognini.
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Tommy Haas and Andre Sa halted David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco’s bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, defeating the fourth-seeded Spaniards 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals. Marrero and Verdasco are currently fifth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, next in line to clinch one of the three remaining doubles berths at the season finale.