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Ferrer, Almagro Finish Strong In Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Almagro© Sergio Llamera-Copa Claro Nicolas Almagro is bidding to reach the final for the third year in a row.

World No. 4 David Ferrer rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 second-round victory over David Nalbandian on Thursday at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires. In the final set, the top-seeded Ferrer won all 12 of his service points to finish off the Argentine in one hour and 31 minutes.

Ferrer, the defending champion, is bidding to lift his second trophy of the season, following a successful title defence at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber). He will play sixth seed Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals. Fognini ended the campaign of Argentine lucky loser Marco Trungelliti with a 7-5, 6-2 win in one hour and 35 minutes.

Second seed Nicolas Almagro finished strongly to defeat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(5), 6-2 in 83 minutes. The Spaniard is bidding to reach the final in Buenos Aires for the third time and saved all seven break points he faced to deny Kuznetsov his second Top 20 win of the season.

The 27-year-old Almagro won one of his 12 ATP World Tour clay-court titles in Buenos Aires in 2011 (d. Chela) and finished runner-up to David Ferrer in last year’s final. Almagro goes on to face qualifier Federico Delbonis, who defeated Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-4 in 61 minutes, dropping just five points on serve throughout. World No. 123 Delbonis won an ATP Challenger Tour title in Bucaramanga last month.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4. Wawrinka won 50 per cent of his return points to break serve four times. The Swiss will play another Spaniard, eighth-seeded Albert Ramos, in the quarter-finals. Ramos overcame Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-6(3) in one hour and 39 minutes.

Former champion Tommy Robredo defeated Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1 in 65 minutes, breaking serve four times. The Spaniard, who lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Monaco), is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since July at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad (l. to Ferrer). He will face Germany’s Julien Reister, who battled past Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

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