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Wildcard Ferrer top seed at Portugal Open

Spain's David Ferrer takes the top seeding at the Portugal Open after being drafted in as a late replacement to ailing Argentine Juan Martin del Porto, suffering with a stomach virus but expected to play at next week's Madrid Masters.

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, semifinalist a year ago in his Portuguese debut, is seeded second. The top four men's seeds get byes into the second round.

The Swiss admitted he fancied his chances as he plays his second European event on clay after knocking Andy Murray out in Monte Carlo.

"It's my second year here and I am happy to be back. I hope to play well and keep improving my game and ranking this year."

Wawrinka has announced that he will be coached by Sweden's Magnus Norman, a former French Open finalist who last guided Robin Soderling, out of the game since July, 2011, with glandular fever.

But Norman will only come on board with Wawrinka next month in the practise week before the May 26 start at Roand Garros and work with the number 16 at major events.

On court, French sixth seed Benoit Paire beat Igor Sijsling 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 while compatriot Eduardo Roger-Vasselin advanced when Gilles Muller quit injured trailing 6-1.


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