Chela, Seppi land in Bucharest QFs

Top-seeded and defending champion Juan seeded Italian Andreas Seppi secured berths in Friday's quarterfinals at the $510,000 BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis event.

The Argentine Chela dismantled qualifier and 2005 Bucharest champion Florent Serra of France 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 62 minutes, while Seppi held off Russian veteran Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in Wednesday's second-round action on the red clay at BNR Arenas. The world No. 24 Chela and 51st-ranked Seppi will do battle in the round of eight.

Chela beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar in last year's Bucharest finale.

A first-round match on Day 3 saw Spaniard Pere Riba take out sixth-seeded Italian Potito Starace, who retired due to fatigue while trailing 1-6, 2-3.

Second-seeded German Florian Mayer, third-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers and a fourth-seeded Andujar will see second-round action here on Thursday.

The 2011 Bucharest champion will earn $93,000.