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Defending champ reaches quarterfinals

Updated: February 12, 2004, 1:54 AM ET
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VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- David Sanchez is working his way back to a familiar spot.

The defending champion from Spain marched into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Peru's Ivan Miranda on Wednesday at the $333,000 BellSouth Open.

Ranked 53rd in the world but unseeded here despite his 2003 success, Sanchez knocked off Juan Ignacio Chela in the opening round and advanced to the round of eight in relatively easy fashion.

Sanchez will face fourth-seeded Gaston Gaudio of ...

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