Ferrer, Granollers Battle Into Monterrey Challenger Quarterfinals

David Ferrer advances to the quarterfinals in Monterrey (photo: Abierto GNP Seguros)

MONTERREY, October 5, 2018

Former World No. 3 David Ferrer continues his bid for a sixth ATP Challenger title by reaching the quarterfinals of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey. The 36-year-old Spaniard fought past Roberto Cid Subervi of the Dominican Republic 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 on Thursday evening.

Ferrer saved four of the five break points he faced, capitalizing on five of his own chances to prevail after two hours and five minutes.

Ferrer will next face Sebastian Ofner, who emerged victorious from the all-Austrian battle with wild card entry Jürgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. The 22-year-old struck 11 aces, winning 81 per cent of his first service points to seal victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

“Jürgen is still a tough opponent on a surface like this, which is very fast,” Ofner said after his win against his 36-year-old compatriot. “He is a very experienced player and made it into the top 10. So he knows what he has to do but I started to play very well in the second and third set and I am very happy with the win.”

Earlier in the day, top seed Marcel Granollers rallied past Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 7-5 in two hours and 35 minutes to take on Ernesto Escobedo in the stage of the final eight. The 22-year-old US-American knocked off Pedro Martínez of Spain 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. The encounter lasted two hours and 28 minutes.