Ferrer into Valencia semis

Valencia, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and defending champion David Ferrer secured a berth in Saturday's semifinals at the $2 million Valencia Open.

The Spanish crowd favorite and French Open runner-up held off 6-foot-8 fifth- seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on the indoor hardcourts at the City of Arts and Sciences.

The 32-year-old Ferrer, who was last week's runner-up in Stockholm, beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in last year's Valencia finale, also titled here in 2010, and was the Valencia runner-up back in 2005.

Also in Friday's quarterfinals, Dmitry Tursunov drubbed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-3 and 2009 Valencia runner-up Mikhail Youzhny outlasted Finnish fellow veteran Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. Youzhny and Tursunov will square off in an all-Russian semi on Saturday.

The 2013 Valencia winner will collect $490,000.