Valencia, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and defending champion David
Ferrer was an easy second-round winner, while fourth-seeded American John
Isner was shown the door at the $2 million Valencia Open.
The Spanish crowd favorite and French Open runner-up Ferrer leveled Frenchman
Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-1 on the indoor hardcourts at the City of Arts and
Ferrer, who was last week's runner-up in Stockholm, beat Ukrainian Alexandr
Dolgopolov in last year's Valencia finale, also titled here in 2010, and was
the runner-up back in 2005.
The 6-foot-9 Isner, meanwhile, succumbed to France's Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (9-7),
6-3 on Day 4.
Fifth-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz avoided an upset by handling Portuguese
Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5.
Also in the second round, Finn Jarkko Nieminen whipped Colombian Alejandro
Falla 6-2, 6-3 and Russian Mikhail Youzhny grounded German Philipp
Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3.
The 2013 Valencia winner will collect $490,000.
The Sports Network