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Ferrer Begins Title Bid, Plays Hanescu In QFs

Oeiras, Portugal

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David Ferrer, who is making his first appearance at the Portugal Open in four years, set up a quarter-final clash against Victor Hanescu on Wednesday. Ferrer has a 2-0 lead over Hanescu in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Ferrer recorded his 10th clay-court match win of the season when he defeated World No. 73 Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Centre Court. The World No. 4 led by one set and 4-2 before being pegged back. He is attempting to win his third ATP World Tour title of 2013 after successes at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Wawrinka).

“I think I played well in the first set and part of the second,” said Ferrer. “But I lost my focus and didn’t return serve well. I will need to improve my game for the next round.”

Victor Hanescu reached his second clay-court quarter-final in as many weeks after he knocked out sixth seed Benoit Paire 7-6(2), 6-4 on Centralito. Six days ago, the Romanian appeared in the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy last eight (l. to Mayer).

Fourth seed Fabio Fognini, who is also competing for the first time since 2009, outfought Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes. Two weeks ago, the World No. 25 reached the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semi-finals (l. to Djokovic).

Qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta, the winner of seven ITF Futures titles this year, continued his run by beating David Goffin 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. The 21 year old has risen more than 400 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings this year to his current position of World No. 228.

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