Volandri advances to Valencia quarterfinals; Ferrer withdraws

Apr 11, 2007 - 5:14 PM VALENCIA, Spain (Ticker) -- Filippo Volandri cruised into the quarterfinals of the $445,235 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana. David Ferrer will not be joining him.

The seventh seed from Italy, Volandri needed just 48 minutes Wednesday to beat Austrian Stefan Koubek, who retired in the second set with a left ankle injury.

Volandri, who owned a 6-4, 1-0 lead when Koubek retired, will make his first quarterfinals appearance since last September at Palermo. He will face No. 3 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who posted a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Italian Alessio Di Mauro in Wednesday's other second-round match.

However, Volandri and Almagro will not be accompanied by the top-seeded Ferrer, who withdrew from the tournament with a shoulder injury.

A 2005 finalist in this claycourt event, Ferrer was replaced by fellow Spaniard Ivan Navarro Pastor, who rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Italian Daniele Bracciali in a first-round match Wednesday.

Pastor's next opponent is France's Augustin Gensse, who rallied for a three-set triumph over Britain's James Ward on Tuesday.

Unseeded Italian Potito Starace delivered the biggest upset of the day, holding on for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain. The world's 35th-ranked player, Verdasco fell to 6-10 this season.

Alejandro Falla of Colombia and Spain's Alberto Martin also posted first-round victories Wednesday.






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