Ferrer calms down, advances to Croatia Open quarterfinals

Updated: July 27, 2007, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

UMAG, Croatia -- David Ferrer of Spain reached the quarterfinals by ousting Jose Acasuso of Argentina 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at the Croatia Open on Thursday.

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In the quarterfinals, he will face countryman and four-time Umag champion Carlos Moya -- who beat Ferrer in the final in 2002. Moya defeated qualifier Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3 in 50 minutes.

Moya, seeded sixth, won Umag in 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Moya has won all three of the matchups against Ferrer at this event.

Moya is 40-8 at this event. This is his 13th appearance here, and 11th quarterfinals appearance.

Ferrer, the highest remaining seed at No. 4, was losing 6-2, 2-0 when he smashed his racket in anger. He acknowledged later "it seemed the match was slipping out of my hands."

He calmed down, though, and saved break points at 4-4 and 5-5 in the second set before taking control from the tiebreaker.

Seventh-seeded Italian Filippo Volandri continued his excellent streak at this event -- where he has never lost before the semifinals -- by reaching the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over Mischa Zverev of Germany.

Volandri said that with the top three seeded players out, "I see it as a great chance for another final."

He played the finals in 2003 and 2004.

He will next meet Romania's Andrei Pavel, who defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 7-5, 6-4. Pavel -- at 33, the oldest player here -- ousted third-seeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic in the first round.

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