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Carreno Busta Records First Win Of 2014; Dolgopolov Upset

Viña del Mar, Chile

Carreno Busta© Jim RydellPablo Carreno Busta claims his first win of the 2014 season.

Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta notched his first win of the 2014 season, making a strong start and finish in his first-round match against Italian Filippo Volandri at the Royal Guard Open Chile on Tuesday in Vina del Mar. He converted seven of his 19 break points for the 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 victory.

The 22-year-old Carreno Busta was named the ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2013 after climbing from a No. 715 Emirates ATP Ranking to No. 66. He won 35 straight matches and seven titles from eight finals on the Futures circuit to start off his 2013 campaign, but began 2014 with an 0-3 mark in tour-level matches, including a five-set loss to Julien Benneteau in Melbourne.

Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who also came to Vina del Mar with an 0-3 season record, knocked out sixth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-5. The 85th-ranked Gimeno-Traver went up the decisive break 6-5 in the third set and served out the victory after two hours and six minutes.

Eighth seed Federico Delbonis recorded his first victory of the year as he beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-4. Delbonis, who famously defeated Roger Federer in the Hamburg semi-finals last July, goes on to face Japan’s Taro Daniel for a place in the quarter-finals. The 21 year old won on his ATP World Tour main draw debut, beating fellow qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-3.

Slovenian Aljaz Bedene set a second-round meeting with top-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini after rallying past Frenchman Stephane Robert 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The 33-year-old Robert had made history at the Australian Open, when became the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round.

Argentine qualifier Martin Alund will face third seed Nicolas Almagro, a winner of 12 clay-court titles, after defeating another Spaniard, Albert Ramos, 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, Colombian Santiago Giraldo will play No. 4 seed Marcel Granollers following his 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

In doubles, top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald.

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