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Brazil, Spain favoured in quarter-finals at FIBA Basketball World Cup

Serbia and Brazil, and France and Spain, will meet for the second time at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Wednesday's quarter-finals.

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The four sides all qualified out of Group A in Spain, and all bar the French were convincing winners in the last-16 phase.

The two fixtures were played out exactly a week prior to their knockout matches in Madrid, with Brazil downing the Serbs 81-73 and the tournament hosts too good for France 88-64.

Spain guard Rudy Fernandez was not taking the Vincent Collet's France lightly, however, claiming group-stage results can be misleading.

"Sometimes in the group phase match-ups, you don't want to show everything because you might see those teams down the road and you still need to surprise them," Fernandez said.

"I'm sure they [France] will bring new things to the table and we need to be ready for them.

"Every game is different and as a team you need to shake things up a bit, because five games in, the other teams have you pretty well scouted.

"So of course you need to change things here and there."

Serbia will be looking to shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to help them turn the tables on their South American counterparts, after his match-winning cameo against Greece.

Bogdanovic produced 21 points to help down the Greeks, and team-mate Milos Teodosic said he hopes the Fenerbahce Ulker man can maintain his form.

"He's an unbelievable talent. He showed [against Greece] that he's a great shooter," Teodosic said of the 22-year-old Bogdanovic.

Coach Sasha Djordjevic said while Bogdanovic's offensive capabilities were on show, he would prefer if the 2014 Euroleague Rising Star winner would focus on his defence.

"His game shouldn't only be offensive-orientated. He should start from the defence. He's a great defender," Djordjevic said.

"Probably in his mind he's putting a lot of pressure on himself. He should just go there and play with the instincts that he has."

Djordjevic also heaped the pressure on Brazil, who he said were favourites for a medal.

"They have an incredible team, maybe the best Brazilian team ever," he said.

"They're here to win the [gold] medal. They are one of the favourites. They declared it officially three or four months ago. They have been working on that for the last three years with coach Ruben Magnano.

"They have a lot of quality on the bench, on the floor. It's a great organisation and we're looking forward to playing against them."

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