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Bellucci Tops Countryman; Volandri Saves 2 M.P.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pella© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2013Guido Pella scored his first tour-level win against sixth seed Fabio Fognini.

Fifth seed Thomaz Bellucci edged fellow Brazilian Guilherme Clezar 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(1) to win his opener at the Brasil Open 2013 on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.

Bellucci was inconsistent on serve, firing 19 aces and hitting 13 double faults. He won four more total points to prevail over the qualifier in two hours and 36 minutes.

The 25-year-old Bellucci reached the final of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor clay-court tournament four years ago when it was held in Costa Do Sauipe. The lefty is seeking his fourth ATP World Tour crown this week.

Argentina’s Guido Pella posted his first tour-level win as he overcame a gap of 48 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings to defeat sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-1. The 22-year-old Pella won the second edition of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals in Brazil at the close of 2012 and is currently a career-high World No. 92. He goes onto face either David Nalbandian or Jorge Aguilar.

Eighth seed Albert Ramos won an all-Spanish contest against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 37 minutes. The left-hander converted six of his 13 break point chances as he won the pair’s first meeting. The 25-year-old Ramos is coming off a quarter-final showing at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (l. to Zeballos).

Ramos goes on to face Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who beat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4 in 71 minutes. Berlocq served seven aces and saved all three break points he faced. He was a semi-finalist in Vina del Mar last week (l. to Zeballos) and improved to a 6-2 mark on the season.

Italy’s Filippo Volandri topped Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6), saving two match points in the decisive tie-break to advance in just over two hours. World No. 88 Volandri finished runner-up to Nicolas Almagro last year.

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