Fourth seed David Ferrer dispatched fellow countryman Albert Montanes 6-2 6-1 6-3 to register his place in the third round, while local favourite Jo Wilfried Tsonga beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 6-4 6-3 in Wednesday’s Roland Garros action.
Ferrer, who reached the semifinals last year in Paris, committed 21 unforced errors in total, but had little trouble overcoming his compatriot as he remained on course for a potential semifinal clash with 2009 champion and world number three, Roger Federer.
The 31-year-old will next play another countryman Feliciano Lopez, who grinded out a four sets win over Joao Sousa.
“I'm very, very satisfied, because I think I played very good tennis, said the Spaniard after the match, who is yet to reach the final of any major tournament.
“It's going to be a tough match. Feli [Feliciano Lopez] is a player who serves really powerfully. It's not easy, not comfortable. I'll have to be careful."
In the day’s other action, local hope Tsonga gave further vent to France’s hopes of producing a first grand slam champion since 1983, as the burly sixth seed put up a commanding display to beat Nieminen in straight sets.
Tsonga has been struggling for form recently, but assessed that his nothing-to-lose attitude can help him go the distance in this year’s competition.
He remarked: “It's positive pressure, because I have everything to win and I would say nothing to lose. If I go far in this tournament or if I win, it's going to be something huge.”
Next up for Tsonga is Jeremy Chardy, who booked his place in the third round with an emphatic 6-1 7-5 6-4 victory over Roberto Baitista Agut.
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