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Robredo, Korolev set up quarter-final meeting in Sweden

AP , BASTAD, SWEDEN

Tommy Robredo of Spain and Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev won second-round matches in straight sets on Thursday to set up a quarter-final meeting at the 59th Swedish Open.

Robredo, a semi-finalist four times during six trips to southern Sweden, breezed past Germany's Alexander Waske 6-3, 6-1 on the slow clay. Korolev, playing from the baseline, beat Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 6-3.

Robredo, who won the Hamburg Masters in May for the biggest title of his career, did not lose a point on first serve in the opening set.

The second-seeded Spaniard broke Waske's serve at the start of the second set and easily held his own the rest of the way.

For Korolev, it was the fifth match in six days. He won three matches in the qualifying event last weekend to get into the main draw. The 18-year-old has only lost one set so far.

Korolev has won through the qualifying event to take a spot in the main draw in each of his five career ATP tournaments. Since the start of the year, he has improved from No. 188 in the rankings to a career-high 126th.

Robin Soderling delighted a record crowd of 6,910 by defeating fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-1.

"It was very good. I played consistent tennis throughout the match," Soderling said.

"I hit the ball well and played well on the important points, at deuce for instance," he said.

Soderling broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set and then held. In the second set he broke for 1-0 and 3-0 leads. It was his third win in as many matches against Ferrer.

Next up for Soderling is Agustin Calleri of Argentina, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

In the other quarter-finals, it's top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia against Chile's Nicolas Massu, and No. 4 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland against former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.

Second-seeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina beat Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-0, 6-4 in another rain-interrupted day at the Swiss Open on Thursday.

Gaudio, a former French Open winner and the defending champion here, will meet Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals, after the Frenchman easily got past Robin Vik of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-1.

In the only other completed match on Wednesday, Andrei Pavel of Romania upset eighth-seeded Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-2, 6-4.

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