France's Adrian Mannarino takes on fifth seed and compatriot Josselin Ouanna in the quarter-finals of the Pozoblanco Challenger later today.
Mannarino knocked out third seed Daniel Munoz de la Nava 6-4, 7-6(6) in the first round, a welcome result for the left-hander after many months of below-par results. He was ranked in the world's top 50 last year so it's a surprise to see him unseeded in challengers barely twelve months on.
Ouanna has plenty of firepower and reminds me a lot of Andy Roddick. His service action is very similar to the American's and he also gets plenty of zip off it. Unlike Roddick though, he's a very poor returner which is perhaps what's kept him from breaking into and staying in the top 100.
He was lucky to overcome Spain's Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol in yesterday's second round. The Spaniard has a great serve but is pretty inconsistent in the other parts of his game which prevented him from claiming a big upset win. He served for the match at 6-5 in the third set but Ouanna broke back and had four match points in the resulting tiebreak but Gutierrez-Ferrol saved them all before Ouanna eventually clinched it 9-7.
Ouanna leads 4-2 on the head-to-head but they haven't played since 2009.
Prediction: Mannarino in two.