1/20/13 4:09 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 5 David Ferrer advanced to the final eight at the Australian Open, having ousted Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets. The Spaniard is through to face compatriot Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinal.
Fourth seed David Ferrer made the quarterfinal after defeating fellow seed Kei Nishikori in straight sets. The 30-year-old Spaniard converted seven of 11 break points en route to a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory in two hours and 10 minutes.
With the opening set in hand, Ferrer went on to lead 5-0 in the second set and 2-1 in the third. Nishikori recovered the break only to lose serve at 4-4. Ferrer completed the round of 16 effort with six aces and 24 winners.
“Today I played very good, one of the best matches of my career in the Australian Open,” said the World No. 5. “I'm very happy with my game. The result, it was in three sets, but the game, it was very, very difficult to beat Nishikori.”
Ferrer is slated to meet fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the next round. Almagro passed into the quarterfinal after 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic retired.
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