Valencia, Spain (Sports Network) - David Ferrer straight-setted fellow Spaniard and fellow two-time champion Nicolas Almagro in Friday's quarterfinals at the Valencia Open.
The top-seeded world No. 5 Ferrer doused the sixth-seeded Almagro 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour, 22 minutes on the hardcourts at the City of the Arts and Sciences. The gritty Ferrer was not broken on Day 6 and is now 12-0 lifetime against Almagro.
Ferrer beat Almagro in the 2008 Valencia finale, also titled here in 2010, and was the Valencia runner-up in 2005. Almagro reached three straight Valencia finals from 2006-08, including back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.
Also on Friday, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov dispatched defending champion Marcel Granollers 6-0, 6-2 in 64 minutes and Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer bested rising Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. Dolgopolov and Melzer will meet in Saturday's semifinals.
The Spanish Granollers beat Argentine Juan Monaco in last year's Valencia finale and was the 2010 runner-up to his compatriot Ferrer.