x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Straight sets win for Ferrer over Granollers at French Open

Spaniard sets up quarter-final against Murray or Gasquet after recording fourth straight-sets win against countryman.

David Ferrer
David Ferrer

PARIS // David Ferrer has eased into quarter-finals of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 win over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Played in weather conditions more suited to late November than early June, Ferrer made it four straight sets wins out of four against his younger countryman.

The number sixth seed set up a last-eight clash with either Andy Murray or Richard Gasquet in front a paltry crowd on centre court.

Ferrer simply had too much power and experience for his opponent, accelerating smoothly away from him after grabbing the first break of serve in the match in the sixth game of the first set.

He stormed through the second set for the loss of just two games and with Granollers looking increasingly deflated, Ferrer had no difficulty in closing out what had been a lopsided contest.

The 30-year-old Ferrer, who is in the last eight at Roland Garros for the third time, was one of four Spaniards to reach the last 16 in the bottom half of the draw.

Second seed, and defending champion, Rafael Nadal was playing later against Juan Monaco of Argentina, while Nicolas Almagro was taking on Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

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