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Top seeds continue success in Sweden

July 11, 2002 at 4:09 PM   |   Comments

BASTAD, Sweden, July 11 (UPI) -- The top seeds continued their success at the Swedish Open Thursday as Spaniards Carlos Moya and Tommy Robredo moved into the quarterfinals of the claycourt event.

The top four seeds have made it to the final eight with No. 3 Moya and No. 4 Robredo joining top-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina and second seed Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco.

Moya cruised past Irakli Labadze of Georgia, 6-3, 6-4, inching closer to his second title of the season. The former world No. 1 and 1998 French Open champion has eight career victories -- seven on clay.

Robredo defeated Spanish qualifier Gorka Fraile, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. The 20-year-old has one title in four years on tour, winning on clay last season.

"I thought I played very well at the end of the third set," Robredo said. "Overall, I feel like I'm playing great tennis."

Moya will face Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the quarterfinals while Robredo will play Magnus Norman of Sweden.

Davydenko upended sixth seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 6-3, 6-4, and Norman rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

Norman has been slowed by a hip injury since finishing fourth in the ATP Champions race two years ago, winning just four of 11 matches this year. He claimed five tournaments and was the runner-up at the French Open in 2000.

"For the first time in a year, I feel comfortable and I feel good about my chances of winning a tournament," he said.

Canas will meet Albert Montanes in the quarterfinals. El Aynaoui will battle Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic.

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