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Wawrinka Battles To Win; Elias Breaks New Ground

Oeiras, Portugal

Elias© Lagos SportsGastao Elias celebrates reaching his first ATP World Tour quarter-final.

Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka will play local wild card and first-time ATP World Tour quarter-finalist Gastao Elias at the Portugal Open on Friday.

Wawrinka, who trained with his new coach Magnus Norman for a few days in Lausanne last week, overcame a slow start to beat Albert Ramos 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes. 

“It is never easy to play a first match against a player who has already won during the week,” said Wawrinka, who reached the 2012 semi-finals (l. to del Potro). “I think he is a good player. I knew it was going to be a battle. At the end, I fought for every point so I am happy to get through. I am sure I will play better tomorrow.”

Earlier in the day, Elias had delighted his supporters with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin in one hour and 55 minutes in Oeiras. Two weeks ago, the World No. 113 won an ATP Challenger Tour title in Santos, Brazil (d. Dutra Silva). 

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Tommy Robredo recorded his 14th match win at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament late afternoon. The eighth seed and 2005 runner-up defeated qualifier Robin Haase 6-4, 6-4 to move one step closer to matching his 2007 semi-final run (l. to Djokovic) – on his last visit to Oeiras. On Wednesday, Robredo celebrated his 31st birthday.

Robredo will look to record his third straight victory in six FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against third seed Andreas Seppi in the quarter-finals on Friday. World No. 18 Seppi required just 63 minutes to beat Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-0 in the final match of the day.

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Second seeds David Marrero and Marcelo Melo battled past Mikhail Elgin and Istomin 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-3 for a semi-final clash against third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky, who defeated Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-2. 

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