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Fognini, Mayer Set Rematch; Ferrer Begins Buenos Aires Defence

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ferrer© Copa ClaroDavid Ferrer extends his Buenos Aires winning streak to 11 matches.

Fabio Fognini recorded his 20th win from his past 21 clay-court matches, as he opened his Copa Claro campaign by defeating German Julian Reister 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday.

The No. 2 seed faced 17 break points and dropped serve four times, but broke Reister seven times from 13 opportunities to extend his winning streak to seven matches.

Fognini won the first tournament of the Golden Swing two days ago at the Royal Guard Open Chile, and came to Buenos Aires at a career-high No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Since a third-round loss to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, the 26-year-old Italian has reached four straight clay-court finals.

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In the second round, he will face a rematch with Leonardo Mayer, whom he defeated in the Vina del Mar final. Mayer beat fellow Argentine Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes.

Top seed David Ferrer began his quest for a third straight Copa Claro title with a 7-6(7), 6-4 victory over Maximo Gonzalez. Ferrer, playing his first match since the Australian Open quarter-finals, needed more than two hours to overcome the Argentine qualifier.

The World No. 5 will take a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against Colombian Santiago Giraldo, who advanced with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Spaniard Albert Montanes. Giraldo reached the 100 match wins milestone last week in Vina del Mar before falling to Mayer in the semi-finals.

Ferrer has a 17-4 match record in Buenos Aires, and is looking to reach the final for a fourth straight tournament appearance.

Sixth seed Robin Haase was also tested by an Argentine qualifier, Martin Alund, before prevailing 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 after two hours and 25 minutes.

Seventh seed Juan Monaco, the top Argentine in the draw, was unable to hold onto his set lead in a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 loss to Spaniard Albert Ramos. Monaco, who drops to a 18-9 mark in Buenos Aires, won the Copa Claro title in 2007 and was the runner-up in 2009.

Italian Filippo Volandri, 32, came back for a 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 win over 17-year-old Chilean qualifier Christian Garin.

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