Top-seeded David Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to his fifth straight Mexican Open quarter-finals.
Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, is next to play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who eliminated the US’ Sam Querrey,7-6 (7/2), 6-4.
“I believe ‘Feli’ [Lopez] had several chances in the first set, but didn’t take advantage of them,” Ferrer said. “It was a tough one for me because he’s a very smart player and knows my game.”
Also on Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the US 6-4, 6-3 while Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.
On the women’s side of the combined ATP-WTA tournament, top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova reached the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.
“I’m still struggling with my serve, but I got another win so I’m happy,” Cibulkova said.
Cibulkova has won her first matches since her run to the Australian Open final and is due to play Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, who defeated Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-4.
In other matches, eighth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China beat Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-4; the US’ Christina McHale knocked out Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan 7-5, 6-1; Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic eliminated Victoria Duval of the US 6-3, 6-0; and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia downed Sharon Fichman of Canada 6-2, 7-5.