|Canada's Vasek Pospisil was a second-round loser to David Ferrer at the Valencia Open on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Nir Elias/Files)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - Top-seeded and defending champion David Ferrer of Spain was an easy second-round winner over qualifier Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, while former U.S. Open titlist Juan Martin del Potro cruised in his opening-round match Wednesday at the $1.905 million Valencia Open.
Ferrer won for the second time in two days, this time with a 6-3, 6-3 handling of Pospisil, who surprised American John Isner in the first round here on the indoor hardcourts at Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences.
In an opening-round bout, hot Croat Marin Cilic handled promising Milos Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., 6-4, 6-4. Cilic captured his first title of the year last week in St. Petersburg.
The sixth-seeded del Potro, meanwhile, handled Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-1. The tall Argentine was last week's Vienna runner-up to French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, this week's second seed.
Third-seeded Gael Monfils smacked 10 aces and eased into the quarterfinals here with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Spain's Pablo Andujar.