Ruthless Soderling eases into last eight

SECOND seed Robin Soderling wasted little time booking his place in the last eight of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

The Swede never looked in any danger against the 16th seed as he sent down 11 aces and converted all of his three break-point chances on his way to a 6-3, 6-2 win in just 57 minutes. Soderling will next meet Argentina's Eduardo Schwank, a 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) victor over Ivan Navarro.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set down to book his place in the quarter-finals with victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro. Tsonga, of France, converted four break points on his way to ousting the 15th seed with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 triumph in two hours and two minutes. The win was Tsonga's second in nine days against Almagro following their meeting in Monte Carlo last week.

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"I wasn't sliding well at the start, the clay was quite heavy," said Tsonga. "I was struggling to adjust myself to the ball. Then I started to play a bit more how I play on hard courts, which enabled me to get back into the match in the second and third set." Next up for Tsonga is a meeting with Holland's Thiemo de Bakker, who upset seventh seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).

Fifth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco survived a scare against 11th-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer before progressing with a 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 win. His next opponent will be Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, who defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3.

David Ferrer, the eighth seed from Spain, progressed after Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli retired with a wrist injury. Ferrer, who was leading 6-0, 3-0 when Bolelli quit after 45 minutes on court, will next play 13th-seeded Thomaz Bellucci, of Brazil, a 6-4 6-4 winner over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.