Defending champion David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Heineken Open Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
The top-seeded Ferrer, bidding for his third singles title in Auckland, needed just 61 minutes to beat the big-serving Rosol and set up a quarterfinal clash with Colombia's Alejandro Falla.
Ferrer relied on his strong return game to beat the 6-foot-5 (2.02-meter) Rosol, converting three of four break points.
French qualifier Benoit Paire, who ousted former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round, continued his surprising run, beating fourth-seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Olivier Rochus of Belgium struggled to beat sixth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (5) in a match that lasted more than three hours, while second-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced comfortably, serving 11 aces to beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-4, 6-2.
Falla reached the quarterfinals ...