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Mayer Saves 4 M.P. To Oust Robredo

Viña del Mar, Chile

Mayer© Jim RydellLeonardo Mayer improves to a 2-0 mark against Tommy Robredo.

Argentine Leonardo Mayer saved four match points to knock out No. 2 seed and 2011 champion Tommy Robredo on Wednesday in the second round of the Royal Guard Open Chile.

The 91st-ranked Mayer faced down four match points in the second set tie-break, and capitalised on the lone break point chance of the third set for the 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 victory.

Mayer also defeated former World No. 5 Robredo in their one previous meeting, two years ago at the US Open.

Seventh seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez also rallied from a set down to reach the Vina del Mar quarter-finals. He defeated Italian Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 after two hours and 35 minutes.

Garcia-Lopez will take a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage into his next match against Colombian Santiago Giraldo, including a second-round victory last month in Auckland. Giraldo edged fourth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-6(7), 7-6(2).

Argentine Horacio Zeballos began his title defence with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Chilean wild card Gonzalo Lama in 61 minutes. Zeballos did not face a break point on serve and converted on three of his seven opportunities.

Zeballos denied Rafael Nadal the triumph in his comeback tournament last year, upsetting the Spaniard in the final to win his first ATP World Tour title.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, the No. 5 seed, defeated another Chilean wild card, 17-year-old Christian Garin, 7-5, 6-0. Chardy will play Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the quarter-finals.

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