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Ferrero/Ferrer Edge Into Valencia QFs

ATP World Tour 2012 Season - Week 43

Ferrero, Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Carlos Ferrero and David Ferrer won in Valencia Wednesday.

Juan Carlos Ferrero isn’t done just yet. Twenty-four hours after he played his final singles match, the Spaniard teamed up with his great friend, David Ferrer, to beat Carlos Berlocq and Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 in 74 minutes on Wednesday at the Valencia Open 500.

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Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares lost 15 of their service points to cruise past Pablo Andujar and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1 in 76 minutes. But the fourth-seeded pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins were upset in their opener by last week's Kremlin Cup finalists, Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek. The Austrian/Slovakian duo rallied to win 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. 

Martin Klizan and Michal Mertinak defeated two-time major champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4 in 65 minutes. Mertinak won the 2009 doubles title with Frantisek Cermak.

At the Swiss Indoors Basel, Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak knocked off No. 3 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6 to reach the quarter-finals.

Qureshi and Rojer were looking to gain valuable points in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, which determines the eight teams that qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. They are currently in sixth position with just two berths up for grabs.

Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen defeated Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley 7-6(6), 2-6, 10-5 to win their opener. Marray and Nielsen have already secured their place to the season finale at The O2. Kevin Anderson and Viktor Troicki also advanced in first-round action, dismissing wild card pair Adrien Bossel and Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 6-2.

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