Wawrinka, Seppi advance to Portugal quarters

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Updated: May 2, 2013

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Stanislas Wawrinka and Andreas Seppi were
among the second-round winners Thursday at the Portugal Open.

The second-seeded Wawrinka rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spain’s
Albert Ramos, while the third-seeded Seppi concluded the day’s action with a
6-4, 6-0 thumping of Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.

Wawrinka is through to his third straight quarterfinal. The Swiss veteran lost
in the Casablanca semis three weeks ago and fell in the quarterfinals at the
Monte Carlo Masters in his last start.

Next up for the 16th-ranked player in the world will be Portuguese wild card
Gastao Elias, who followed up his win over seventh-seeded Argentine Horacio
Zeballos with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

Seppi entered this week off losses in each of his openers at Monte Carlo and
Bucharest. He will next take on Tommy Robredo in Friday’s quarters after the
eighth-seeded Spaniard toppled Dutch qualifier Robin Haase, 6-4, 6-4, on
Thursday.

Robredo, the 2005 runner-up when this tournament was held in Estoril, has had
a resurgence on the clay this year. He earned his first win since 2011 with a
title in Casablanca last month and also reached the quarters in Barcelona last
week.

Friday’s remaining two quarterfinals will feature top-seeded Spaniard David
Ferrer against Romania’s Victor Hanescu and fourth-seeded Italian Fabio
Fognini against Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta.

The 2013 Portugal Open winner will collect $96,000.