Valencia - David Ferrer cruised to an easy 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos to reach the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open on Thursday.
Ferrer, seeded No 1 at the indoor tournament, used an effective serve plus four breaks of his 47th-ranked opponent in a much easier match after a laboured first-round victory. The fifth-ranked Spaniard faces either Sam Querrey or Nicolas Almagro next.
Marcel Granollers continued his dominance of Gilles Simon with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2 victory that was the reigning champion's fourth victory in five career meetings.
Granollers next plays Alexandr Dolgopolov in the last eight after the Ukrainian beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-4.
Also, Jurgen Melzer beat Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-2.
Results on Thursday from the Valencia Open on indoor hard courts at the City of Arts and Sciences (seedings in parentheses):
David Ferrer (ESP x1) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-4, 6-2
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x6) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0
Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-4, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (ESP) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) bt Xavier Malisse (BEL) 7-5, 6-2