Australian Open: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro set up all-Spanish quarter final

Ferrer beat the Japanese 16th seed 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 10min on Rod Laver Arena to secure his third consecutive quarter-final appearance in Melbourne.

updated: January 20, 2013 14:13 IST
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Melbourne: David Ferrer will face Nicolas Almagro in an all-Spanish quarter-final at the Australian Open after they took contrasting roads to the last eight on Sunday.

Ferrer, the fourth seed in celebrated countryman Rafael Nadal's absence, wore down Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets to reach his third straight quarter-final at the year-opening Grand Slam.

But 10th seed Almagro was only on court for over an hour before his Serbian opponent Janko Tipsarevic retired with a foot injury at 6-2, 5-1.

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