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Nalbandian eases into Belgrade QFs

Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the $485,000 Serbia Open.

The fourth-seeded Nalbandian cruised past Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 20 minutes at MGM/Tennis Center Novak.

The former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian will meet fellow South American Joao Souza, of Brazil, in the quarterfinals.

In other action involving seeds, No. 2 Italian Andreas Seppi subdued Croat Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-2 and No. 8 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg defeated Argentine qualifier Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 7-6 (7-0). Seppi and Muller will square off in the quarters.

One other Day-3 result saw Souza top Serbian wild card Dusan Lajovic 4-2, retired.

On Thursday, top-seeded Pablo Andujar will play his second-rounder against Italian Filippo Volandri. The Spanish Andujar was a clay-court champ in Casablanca last month.

Belgrade serves as a tune-up for the French Open and will pay its newest champ $88,000.