Ferrer took just over one and a half hours to dispatch the world number 244, breaking his opponent once in the first set and twice more in the second despite being broken once himself.
However, it was a poor day for second seed Serbian Viktor Troicki as he was dumped out 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 by Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse, who did not face a single break point in the course of his 70-minute victory.
Seventh seed Alex Bogomolov Jr also went out after losing 6-4 6-4 to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, but there were wins for eighth seed Lukasz Kubot of Poland, and Italian Flavio Cipolla.
In the women's second round, unseeded Kim Clijsters breezed past Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko, while there were also victories for third seed Dominika Cibulkova, eighth seed Nadia Petrova and qualifier Urszula Radwanska.
In two outstanding first round games, Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson surprised seventh seed Jelena Jankovic 6-2 3-6 6-4, and Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova knocked out Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-1 6-2.
Francesca Schiavone staged a great escape in women's second-round action, fighting off eight match points as she came back from 6-0 down in a final set tie-break to beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2 2-6 7-6 (10/8).
Sixth seed Roberta Vinci was also pushed into a deciding set by a Romanian Monica Niculescu, but the Italian had a rather easier time of it as she stepped up to triumph 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-0.
Belgian Kirsten Flipkens beat fellow qualifier Daria Gavrilova of Russia 7-5 7-6 (7/4), while Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson was a convincing 6-4 6-1 winner over home favourite Arantxa Rus.