Paris - Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer reached his 10th successive Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the French Open fourth round on Monday.
Ferrer, last year's runner-up, will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Serbia's Dusan Lajovic for a place in the semi-finals.
Ferrer had beaten Anderson, who was hoping to be the first South African man in the last eight since Cliff Drysdale in 1967, at the same stage of the tournament last year.
Results on Monday at the French Open, the ninth day of the season's second Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeded player):
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
David Ferrer (ESP x5) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x19) 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1
Gael Monfils (FRA x23) bt Guillermo Garca-Lopez (ESP) 6-0, 6-2, 7-5
Andy Murray (GBR x7) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x24) 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x27) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x23) 6-3, 6-4
Simona Halep (ROM x4) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x15) 6-4, 6-3
Sara Errani (ITA x10) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x6) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER x28) bt Kiki Bertens (NED) 1-6, 6-2, 7-5