• French Open, Day Nine

Fantastic Ferrer motors on, Tsonga joins him in quarters

ESPN staff
June 4, 2012
David Ferrer again showed how comfortable he is on clay © PA Photos

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Sixth seed David Ferrer has equalled his best performance at the French Open by dismissing fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers to reach the quarter-finals.

Ferrer, who will next face the winner of the match between Andy Murray or Richard Gasquet, beat the 20th seed 6-3 6-2 6-0.

Granollers had lost all three of their previous meetings in straight sets prior to this one, and he once again failed to offer a serious threat: he stationed himself too far behind the baseline, and never posed any searching questions.

Ferrer took the first set with one break and the second with two, as a cautious Granollers seemed content to wait for a mistake instead of stamping his mark on the match.

The third was a total mismatch, and Granollers' slow trudge off the court, with barely a wave for the crowd, told the story.

Another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, earned himself a spot in the quarters for the third time by overcoming Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 6-4 6-4. Almagro, who will play Rafael Nadal or Juan Monaco in the next round, hit 43 winners in a lethal offensive display.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga successfully completed the job against Stanislas Wawrinka to book a match-up with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Resuming 4-2 up in the fifth set after play was suspended on Sunday due to bad light, fifth seed Tsonga closed out the victory in style to record a 6-4 7-6 3-6 3-6 6-4 success. Tsonga has won half of his ten career meetings with Djokovic.

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro, another who was winning overnight, did not let the advantage slip as he defeated Tomas Berdych 7-6 1-6 6-3 7-5. Roger Federer is next for Del Potro, whose knee was heavily strapped against Berdych.

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