French Open: Nadal, Ferrer get quarter-final clash

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BY AGENCY REPORTER David Ferrer advanced to his tenth successive grand slam quarter-final as he beat Kevin Anderson in four sets at Roland Garros Monday, AP reports.

The Spaniard overcame the loss of a third- tie-break to complete a 6-3 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 and will next face compatriot Rafael Nadal in what is a repeat of last year’s final.

Ferrer beat Anderson in Paris at the same stage 12 ago, losing just five in the process, but the South African equipped himself better this time around. Despite it was Ferrer who eased sets ahead, breaking his rival three times in the first and once in the as he dominated from the baseline.

Anderson got a foothold when he broke first in the third to lead 3-1, although Ferrer responded immediately to get himself back terms.

The went to a tie-break and, having earned himself a mini-break, Anderson would take it when Ferrer netted a forehand the run.

But the South African’s joy was short-lived as Ferrer moved a gear, securing successive breaks as he raced into a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

Anderson did hold to avoid the ignominy of a ‘bagel’, but it was a temporary reprieve as Ferrer served to confirm , an accurate forehand winner down the line getting the job done.

Nadal barely had to get of gear to record a supremely comfortable 6-1 6-2 6-1 success over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

The top seed, chasing a ninth title at Roland Garros, overwhelmed his opponent from the back of the , Lajovic not helping his cause as he coughed 43 unforced errors.

The Serb did secure his only break of the match in the penultimate game of the contest, but Nadal responded in kind, breaking to love in the next to seal in a little over an hour and a half.