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Holder Lopez scrapes into quarters

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Vienna (Austria)
David Nalbandian
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tommy Haas

VIENNA, Austria -- Holder Feliciano Lopez was fully stretched by home favorite Oliver Marach before the Spaniard scraped into the quarterfinals of the Vienna Trophy with a 6-4 6-7 7-5 win.

Argentine David Nalbandian, the top seed, also progressed with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Austrian qualifier Rainer Eitzinger.

Eighth seed Lopez made a good start, breaking serve in the opening game when Marach netted a weak backhand.

Although the Austrian competed well with a strong delivery and big forehand, Lopez continued to dominate and served out for the first set.

Marach took advantage of a hesitant opening from Lopez in the second set as the Spaniard double-faulted to give the Austrian a 2-0 lead.

Although a forehand volley allowed Lopez to break back in the next game, his resilient opponent fought back to take the tiebreak 7-5.

Lopez then clinched victory in the final set when Marach netted a smash.

Nalbandian took the opening set with ease against world number 229 Eitzinger.

The Austrian fought hard in the second but the Argentine was simply too strong for him. Nalbandian now plays former French Open winner and world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero after the seventh-seeded Spaniard beat Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 6-4 6-4.

Sixth seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile defeated another former French Open champion, Spain's Carlos Moya, 6-4 7-5 to set up a quarter-final with fourth-seeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic or former Vienna champion Tommy Haas.

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