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Wawrinka, Robredo Advance In Rainy Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Robredo© Sergio Llamera-Copa Claro Former champion Tommy Robredo raced through his opener on Tuesday.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-3 to win his opener at the Copa Claro on Tuesday in Buenos Aires. Wawrinka saved all five break points he faced to win the first-time meeting in 58 minutes.

The 17th-ranked Wawrinka has reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires the past two years. He is bidding to win his third clay-court trophy this week and looking to win his first title since triumphing in Chennai two years ago.

After a rainy start to the day, which delayed the beginning of play for four hours, former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo opened his campaign with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Gastao Elias. Robredo was swift out the blocks when he took to court, breaking serve seven times from 19 opportunities to prevail in 89 minutes.

The Spaniard is bidding to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season and goes on to face Diego Sebastian Schwartzman. The 30-year-old Robredo has a 10-2 record at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, highlighted by winning the title in 2009 (d. Monaco).

In an all-Spanish contest, Albert Montanes edged Pablo Andujar 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. The No. 90-ranked Montanes is coming off a quarter-final showing at the Brasil Open 2013 (l. to Bolelli).

Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov enjoyed a winning debut, beating Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-6(5), 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes. Elsewhere, Germany’s Julian Reister defeated Martin Alund 7-5, 6-1. Argentina’s Alund had a breakthrough week in Sao Paulo, reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final and taking Rafael Nadal to three sets.

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