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Ferrer and Almagro charge into quarter-finals in Auckland

AFP, AUCKLAND

Spanish guns David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro were firing on all cylinders at the Heineken Open ATP tournament yesterday, blasting their way into the quarter-finals with ease.

The top two seeds were making their first appearance in the tournament after first round byes and wasted no time stamping their mark, showing impressive form ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam starting in Melbourne on Monday.

Ferrer, the world No. 5, raced past Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2, while Almagro, 10th in the world, beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo by the same margin.

Ferrer will play Alejandro Falla in the quarter-finals after the Colombian continued his charmed run with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 win over Potito Starace of Italy following his first-round win over seventh-seeded Donald Young of the US.

Almagro found Giraldo difficult to shake off in the opening games with the match going to 4-4 in the first set, but when the Spaniard found his rhythm it was one-way traffic to the end.

Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has a 3-3 record against Almagro, survived a three-setter for the second time in three days when he dropped the first set against Ryan Harrison of the US, before bouncing back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Frenchman Benoit Paire, who beat former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in the first round, continued his giant-killing run, beating fourth-seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

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