Ferrer, Monfils, del Potro roll in Valencia
Valencia, Spain – Top-seeded and defending champion David seeded Gael Monfils were easy second-round winners, round match Wednesday at the $1.905 million Valencia Open.
Ferrer won for the second time in two days, this time with a 6-3, 6-3 handling of Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil, who surprised American John Isner in the first round here on the indoor hardcourts at Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences.
The world No. 5 Ferrer beat Marcel Granollers in last year's all-Spanish Valencia finale, also captured this event in 2008, and was the runner-up here back in 2005.
Spaniards have won six of the last eight titles in Valencia, an event that was staged on red clay through 2008.
The flashy Frenchman Monfils smacked 10 aces and joined Ferrer in the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Spain's Pablo Andujar, while the sixth-seeded del Potro handled Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-1. The tall Argentine del Potro was last week's Vienna runner-up to French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the second seed here in Valencia.
Rising American Alex Bogomolov Jr. posted an upset by ousting eighth-seeded Spanish favorite Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). The left-handed Lopez lost despite scalding 15 aces.
In another opening-round bout on Day 3, hot Croat Marin Cilic handled promising Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4. Cilic captured his first title of the year last week in St. Petersburg.
The 2011 Valencia titlist will collect $455,000.