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Almagro, Chardy Prevail In Buenos Aires; Ferrer Extends Streak

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Fourth seed Nicolas Almagro regrouped from a slow start to overcome fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in second-round action at the Copa Claro on Thursday.

After winning just one point on return in the opening set, Almagro capitalised on his first break point in the second set and broke Gimeno-Traver’s serve two more times in the third for the 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 win. He improved to a 6-2 record against his countryman, and to a 21-7 record in Buenos Aires.

Almagro, the 2011 champion, takes a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman advanced to his third quarter-final of the year after surviving a third-set tie-break against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Chardy, who also reached the quarters last week in Vina del Mar, saved four of five break points to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3). Earlier in the week Dolgopolov had won a third-set tie-break to beat Pablo Cuevas in the first round.

Chardy and Dolgopolov met last month in the Australian Open second round, when Chardy also squeaked out a tough four-set win, which included three tie-breaks.

Top seed David Ferrer stayed on course for a third straight Copa Claro title with a 6-4, 7-6(1) win over Colombian Santiago Giraldo.

Ferrer, playing his first clay-court tournament since a runner-up finish at Roland Garros, clinched the victory after one hour and 51 minutes to extend his Buenos Aires winning streak to 12 matches.

In the quarter-finals, the World No. 5 will face compatriot Albert Ramos. The 92nd-ranked Ramos needed just 58 minutes to record a 6-2, 6-1 win over Italian Filippo Volandri.

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Granollers/Lopez Win Opener
The top-seeded duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez made a winning debut in Buenos Aires, defeating Argentine wild cards Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-2. The Spaniards reached the semi-finals last week in Vina del Mar.

In quarter-final action, fourth seeds Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos beat Gimeno-Traver and Albert Montanes 6-4, 7-5. They will face Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Eduardo Schwank for a place in the final after the wild card pairing came back to defeat Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy 2-6, 6-4, 10-5.

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