Cilic no match for comfortable Ferrer

AFP

David Ferrer offered another reminder of his clay-court capabilities with a convincing straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic after less than two hours on court at Roland Garros on Monday.

Ferrer moved into the quarter-finals of the French Open for a fourth year running in some style - claiming a 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory against the helpless ninth seed.

In their first meeting since Madrid in 2010, Cilic made 47 unforced errors as seventh seed Ferrer avoided the difficulties he faced in the five-set victory over Simone Bolelli a round earlier.

Ferrer made the most of some loose Cilic shots with a number of impressive passes to move into an early 2-0 lead.

While the Croatian tightened up to threaten a break in the fourth, he was powerless to resist as Ferrer went 4-1 in front - Cilic netting a second serve return to hand Ferrer further advantage. 

The dominance continued in the second as Ferrer broke at the first attempt before Cilic went wide with an attempted forehand winner in the seventh to allow Ferrer a shot at serving for the set.

The Spaniard saved two break points to fight from 40-15 down and double his lead as Cilic smashed a loose Ferrer return past the baseline.

Cilic produced some impressive passing shots to test Ferrer and stay in the match but again, unforced errors proved his undoing, as the 2013 finalist sealed progression when Cilic could only scoop a powerful serve off court.