10/26/12 3:57 AM | Cheryl Murray
Spaniards David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro earned spots in the Valencia Open quarterfinals with wins on Thursday.
David Ferrer (1) def. Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-2
This was a fairly routine win for top seed David Ferrer. The world No. 5 defeated countryman Albert Ramos in straight sets to advance to Friday's quarterfinals. Ramos did earn himself a trio of break points in the first set, which Ferrer fought off, and three more in the second. Ramos was able to convert on one in the second set, but it was too little and far too late to make any dent in Ferrer's chances.
The win sets up a quarterfinal showdown with countryman Nicolas Almagro in the quarters.
Nicolas Almagro (6) def. Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-0
For two sets, this match was at least competitive. Almagro had the advantage of playing at home with the full support of the crowd behind him, but American Sam Querrey kept within striking distance.
The first set was decided by a single service break on a single break-point chance. Querrey managed to claw his way back into the match in the second set. The two men traded breaks of serve to force the tiebreaker. Querrey was more mentally tough in the tiebreak, using his big serve to gain the advantage and level the match at a set apiece.
With momentum on his side, Querrey went into the third set and completely wilted. His return game is usually not a big weapon anyway, but he also fell apart on serve, quickly eating a bagel to allow Almagro to advance to the next round.
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