David Ferrer won an all-Spanish 2nd round match at Valencia Open, whilst Nicolas Almagro progressed into the quarterfinal after playing three sets against Querrey.
In the clash between two domestic players top seed Ferrer found himself in trouble at 2-2 in the fifth game of the opener, but rescued three break points to prevent a loss of serve. Nothing could separate the Spaniards until unseeded Albert Ramos was serving to stay in the set at 5-4. He won his previous service game to love, but the tables have turned in this one as fifth-ranked Ferrer created two set points and went one nil up straight away. Ramos never really recovered from the opening set defeat, although he did find an instant response to the first break he conceded in the set two. However, the two time Valencia conqueror Ferrer’s second break of the set was confirmed calmly and his rival’s spirit was largely broken. Ramos dropped another serve at 5-2 which meant Ferrer, who has already lifted five ATP trophies in 2012, entered the last eight in Valencia with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph. He is facing a new all-Spanish encounter as he will meet sixth-seeded Almagro next.
Almagro, another owner of a brace of Valencia titles, played a tight first set against American Sam Querrey, who fell victim to the single conceded break ball at 5-4 for his opponent. The efficient Spaniard acquired a 3-0 lead in the set two thanks to his second break point of the day. Querrey’s hopes were alive again as he broke back soon after and escaped two match balls just before the second-set tie-break. He kept his nerves in the thirteenth game too and leveled the terms. A radical momentum shift followed as this year’s LA champion American lost his rhythm completely and allowed Almagro to thrash him in the decider. Querrey thus bid farewell to the tournament with a third-set bagel, while Almagro stayed in competition for his third ATP title in 2012 with a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0 victory.
Ferrer beat Almagro in the final match of Bastad this July as well as in the Valencia final in 2008.
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