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Defending champion David Ferrer ensured that he didn’t suffer the same fate as his compatriots Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo who made uncharacteristically early exits at the Ordina Open.
The No.3 seed avenged his loss to Oscar Hernandez with a 6-4, 6-3 win in 84 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals against Spaniard Ivan Navarro.
The World No.19 improves to a 15-8 career record on grass courts after reaching his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of 2009. The 27 year-old has reached finals in Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal).