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Davydenko eases into Hamburg quarters

RUSSIAN second seed Nikolay Davydenko ended Frenchman Jeremy Chardy's six-match winning streak on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory to advance to the German Open quarterfinals in Hamburg.

Chardy, who had won his maiden tour title in Stuttgart last week, was broken once in the first set before conceding another break at 2-2 in the second.

Davydenko then held serve to love and led 4-2 before breaking one more time to seal his win and set up a quarterfinal clash with Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Hanescu came from a set down to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Rain interrupted play on all claycourts for several hours, except center court which has a retractable roof where Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas swept past German eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (8) to move into the last eight. Cuevas broke his opponent at 4-4 in the first set when Kohlschreiber missed an easy dropshot and held serve to win.


Kohlschreiber, ranked 24th, squandered a set point at 5-4 in the second with Cuevas firing an ace to level.

The German saved three match points in the tie-break but failed to win the set on his second set point with the 23-year-old Cuevas sealing his win on the fourth attempt when Kohlschreiber's forehand sailed wide.

He next meets Nicolas Almagro, after the Spaniard extracted revenge on Swede Robin Soderling, who had beaten him both at Wimbledon and en route to clinching the Swedish Open title last week, downing the third seed 7-5, 6-3.

Paul-Henri Mathieu, seeded 13th, struggled to beat German wildcard Daniel Brands, ranked 120th, who had knocked out top seed Gilles Simon in the previous round, also needing a break in each set to win 7-5, 7-5.

In Portoroz, Slovenia, defending champion Sara Errani of Italy routed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-1 to reach the Slovenia Open quarterfinals on Thursday. It was the fifth-seeded Errani's first win against Zakopalova in three attempts.

In the quarterfinals, Errani will face wildcard Petra Martic of Croatia, who beat qualifier Vesna Manasieva of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in their second-round match.


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