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Ferrer, Schuettler, Chardy Reach Quarter-finals

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

David Ferrer© Edwin Verhoef

Defending champion David Ferrer ensured he did not suffer the same fate as Spanish compatriots Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo - who both made early exits - at the Ordina Open.

The third seed avenged his Estoril defeat to Oscar Hernandez with a 6-4, 6-3 win in 84 minutes Wednesday for a place in the quarter-finals against another Spaniard Ivan Navarro.

The World No. 19 improved to 15-8 lifetime on grass courts after reaching his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) on the 2009 ATP World Tour season. Ferrer, 27, has reached two finals at Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal).

Seventh-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy withstood 18 aces from the racquet of Dick Norman, a 38-year-old Belgian qualifier, to triumph 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Chardy was able to win 26 of 80 points on return of serve, clinching three service breaks, in the pair’s first meeting.

The World No. 43 improved to 21-15 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season, highlighted by one runner-up finish at Johannesburg (l. to Tsonga) in February.

Chardy will next meet fourth-seeded German Rainer Schuettler, who ousted Dutch qualifier Thiemo de Bakker in a 6-3, 7-6(3) win. Schuettler, who has a 9-16 season record, reached the Chennai semi-finals in January.

Dutch wild card Raemon Sluiter, who has returned to the ATP World Tour after retiring in February 2008, moved into the quarter-finals when his Cypriot opponent Marcos Baghdatis retired due to a left knee injury. Sluiter was leading 4-3 after 34 minutes of play. He goes onto face Dudi Sela of Israel.

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