Ferrer, Almagro reach Buenos Aires QFs

Updated: February 21, 2013

Top-seeded and defending champion
David Ferrer and 2011 champion Nicolas Almagro each posted second-round
victories Thursday at the clay-court Copa Claro tennis event.

Ferrer rallied past Argentine David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The 2002 Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian was last week’s Sao Paulo runner-up
to the great Rafael Nadal and captured the Buenos Aires championship in 2008.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded world No. 11 Almagro, the runner-up to Ferrer in
last year’s event, handled Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Almagro will face Argentine Federico Delbonis in Friday’s quarterfinals at
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Ferrer beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final in this Argentine
capital and was the runner-up here in 2010.

In other action involving seeds, No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland
handled Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4, No. 6 Italian Fabio Fognini
topped Argentine lucky-loser Marco Trungelliti 7-5, 6-2 and No. 8 Spaniard
Albert Ramos got past Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Former Buenos Aires champ and onetime world No. 5 Tommy Robredo also advanced
to the quarters after besting Argentine wild card Diego Sebastian Schwartzman
6-3, 6-1 on Day 4.

Also on Thursday, German qualifier Julian Reister edged out Slovenian Aljaz
Bedene 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 and the wild card Delbonis straight-setted Spaniard
Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-4.

This week’s champ will pocket $84,550.