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Nalbandian Wins Season Debut In Sao Paulo; Alund Upsets Chardy

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nalbandian© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2013David Nalbandian won his season debut in Sao Paulo.

David Nalbandian won his 2013 ATP World Tour season debut on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, defeating qualifier Jorge Aguilar 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of the Brasil Open 2013.

Nalbandian hit 11 aces and capitalised on four of his five break point chances to advance past the Chilean in two hours and 12 minutes. The two were facing off for the first time.

Lucky loser Martin Alund upended fourth-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 36 minutes to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. Alund had posted his first tour-level win in the first round when he beat Ricardo Mello. Chardy committed 16 double faults in defeat.

Albert Montanes started his 10th Sao Paulo campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. The 32-year-old Spaniard is No. 8 among active players for clay-court match wins, with a 169-148 record.

Just three days after he lifted his first ATP World Tour title, at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (d. Nadal), Horacio Zeballos retired due to nausea and fatigue in the third set of his match against Paul Capdeville. The Chilean qualifier was leading 6-7(5), 6-0, 3-0. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo also retired with a right ankle injury after he lost the first set 7-6(6) versus Joao Souza.

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