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Ferrer Extends Spanish Streak; Murray Into Acapulco QFs

Acapulco, Mexico

Ferrer © MextenisDavid Ferrer improves to a 24-4 record in Acapulco.

Other than Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer has not lost to a fellow Spaniard since falling to Fernando Verdasco in a fifth-set tie-break at the 2010 US Open. On Wednesday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, he extended that impressive winning streak to 40 matches with a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez in the second round.

The top-seeded Ferrer defeated Lopez for a fifth straight time in 14 meetings, improving to an 8-6 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head. Ferrer, who recorded his 250th win on hard courts Tuesday, capitalised on his two break point chances against his countryman.

The three-time Acapulco champion will go for his 25th match win at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament when he next meets Kevin Anderson. The fifth-seeded Anderson, a finalist last week in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic), defeated American Sam Querrey 7-6(2), 6-4.

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Alexandr Dolgopolov also kept up his recent run of form. The Rio de Janeiro runner-up (l. to Nadal) advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, setting up a quarter-final meeting with Ivo Karlovic. The 6’11” Croat struck 16 aces to beat Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6(4), 6-2.

After battling past Pablo Andujar on Tuesday night, second seed Andy Murray moved through to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa. Murray dropped his opening service game, but unlike the previous evening when he fell behind 0-5 to start the match, he recovered the break three games later. He broke Sousa two more times to complete the victory in one hour and 40 minutes.

Murray will look to reach his first semi-final of the season when he next faces Frenchman Gilles Simon. Murray leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 11-1, with his sole loss coming in their first meeting seven years ago in Rome.

The sixth-seeded Simon defeated American lucky loser Donald Young 6-4, 6-3 to advance to his first quarter-final since last September in Bangkok.

Last week's Marseille champion, Ernests Gulbis, fought for a second-round win over Belgian qualifier David Goffin. The seventh-seeded Latvian prevailed 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5), firing 22 aces during the two hour, 20-minute meeting.

Gulbis next plays fourth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, whom he defeated earlier this month in Rotterdam. The 22-year-old Dimitrov eased past Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-4 in one hour. 

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Gonzalez/Lipsky Upset Rojer/Tecau
In doubles, the Mexican-American pairing of Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky ousted No. 2 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 4-6, 10-5. Rojer and Tecau were looking to reach their third straight final on the ATP World Tour, after winning Zagreb and finishing runners-up in Rotterdam.

Fourth seeds and Australian Open finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen gained safe passage into the quarter-finals when Chardy withdrew ahead of his doubles match with Simon due to a back injury. Butorac and Klaasen won the Memphis title two weeks ago with victory over the Bryans in the final.

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