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Giraldo, Volandri Win Vina del Mar Openers

Vina del Mar, Chile

Giraldo© Jim Rydell/VTR OpenFormer VTR Open runner-up Santiago Giraldo won his opener on Monday.

Santiago Giraldo rallied past Argentine Martin Alund 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to open main draw proceedings at the VTR Open on Monday in Vina del Mar. Giraldo converted the only break in the final set to advance in two hours and two minutes.

Giraldo reached his lone ATP World Tour final at the event in 2011 when it was held in Santiago (l. to Robredo). He entered this week with a 1-3 record in tour-level matches this season.

Filippo Volandri dismissed Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-1 in 71 minutes to win his first-round match. Volandri, a semi-finalist in 2005, won 56 per cent of his return points. Volandri is seeking to lift his first ATP World Tour trophy in seven years.

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