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Ferrer roars into quarters

David Ferrer advanced to his tenth successive grand slam quarter-final as he beat Kevin Anderson in four sets at Roland Garros on Monday.

The Spaniard overcame the loss of a third-set tie-break to complete a 6-3 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 victory and is now likely to face compatriot Rafael Nadal next in what would be a repeat of last year's final.

Ferrer beat Anderson in Paris at the same stage 12 months ago, losing just five games in the process, but the South African equipped himself better this time around.

Despite that it was Ferrer who eased two sets ahead, breaking his rival three times in the first and once in the second as he dominated from the baseline.

Anderson got a foothold when he broke first in the third to lead 3-1, although Ferrer responded immediately to get himself back on terms.

The set went to a tie-break and, having earned himself a mini-break, Anderson would take it when Ferrer netted a forehand on the run.

But the South African's joy was short-lived as Ferrer moved up a gear, securing successive breaks as he raced out into a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

Anderson did hold to avoid the ignominy of a 'bagel', but it was a temporary reprieve as Ferrer served out to confirm victory, an accurate forehand winner down the line getting the job done.