ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa on Thursday morning.
The seventh-ranked Murray needed three sets in the first round to beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar, but put in a more authoritative performance against Sousa and set up a clash with France's Gilles Simon in the last eight.
Top seed David Ferrer beat Spanish compatriot Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (1), 6-2 to advance to his fifth-straight Mexican Open quarterfinal.
Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4.
"I believe 'Feli' (Lopez) had several chances in the first set but didn't take advantage of them", Ferrer said. "It was a tough one for me because he*s a very smart player and knows my game".
Also Wednesday, Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatia's Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2.
On the women's side of the combined ATP-WTA tournament, top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova reached the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.