Ferrer and Almagro through to the final eight at Roland Garros

June 4, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Ferrer will face either Murray or Gasquet next. (Photo: FFT)

Roland Garros, Paris – It has been a good day for Spain and its tennis followers with two out of the three Spaniards playing today making it through to the quarter-finals.  Sixth seed David Ferrer and No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro both reached the final eight for the third time in their career today and Rafael Nadal will be hoping he is the third victor of the day after his match against Juan Mónaco later today.

The conditions were not easy out on court with the wind blowing, rain threatening and clouds darkening the sky, but this did not deter Ferrer’s mind or ability to play in these circumstances.  In fact, it appeared that Ferrer was in a hurry to wrap up the match and showed no mercy to his friend Marcel Granollers after he cruised past the No. 20 seed Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.

It was the first time to Spaniards have played against each other so far in this tournament and Ferrer looked his usual resilient and energetic self and continued his emphatic run through the championships having lost only 25 games in four matches. He struck 41 winners in his match and the spritely 30-year old increased his head to head against his compatriot, 4-0.

In his press conference after the match, Ferrer hopes he will continue playing in such great form:

“I just have to continue in the same way. The next one is going to be a difficult match; I would just like to reach the semi-finals. I have never made it to the semis before, so that will be my goal for sure.”

Almagro is yet to drop a set this week. (Photo: FFT)

David Ferrer has not dropped a set this week and fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro has also progressed to this stage with the same achievement.  He was also out on court today gunning for a place in the quarter-finals against Janko Tipsarevic.  Almagro has been in imperious form this week and demonstrated his mental toughness out on court with the weather conditions and embraced the challenging situations. The 12th seed knocked out the Serbian 8th seed 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Both players are always known to tough it out and next up for the two competitors, Ferrer will face either Richard Gasquet or Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and Almagro will meet the winner of Rafael Nadal and Juan Mónaco in his encounter.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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