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Almagro Chasing More Gold In Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andujar© Copa ClaroPablo Andujar stuns fifth seed Marcel Granollers on Wednesday.

Spaniard Nicolas Almagro began his quest for a seventh 'Golden Swing' title with a first-round win at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires Wednesday. (Watch highlights) Almagro, tournament champion in 2011, defeated last year’s Vina del Mar champion Horacio Zeballos 6-2, 7-5 to set a second-round meeting with Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

Almagro fired nine aces and saved all four break points he faced. Almagro’s six career titles in the Latin American swing (2012 Sao Paulo, ’11, ’08 Costa do Sauipe, ’11 Buenos Aires and ’08 Acapulco) is a record. Carlos Moya, Gustavo Kuerten and David Ferrer have all won five titles during the swing.

In a rematch between last week’s Vina del Mar finalists, second seed Fabio Fognini fought past Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2. Fognini has won 21 of his past 22 clay-court matches and is looking to reach his fifth straight clay-court final.

He next will meet Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who scored a crushing 6-3, 6-0 upset of fifth seed Marcel Granollers to reach the quarter-finals. 

Third seed Tommy Robredo had to work harder than expected to defeat Argentina's World No. 108 Guido Pella 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals, where he will play sixth seed Robin Haase. The Dutchman defeated Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2.

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Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov prevailed against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) in just over two hours, and will next face eighth-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for a fifth time. Chardy, who took the 3-1 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with victory at the Australian Open, defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 7-5.

Andujar returned to action later Wednesday for doubles, and scored another upset, teaming up with Italian Daniele Bracciali for a 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 win over No. 3 seeds Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea. Argentine wild cards Maximo Gonzalez and Eduardo Schwank, meanwhile, ousted second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5, 2-6, 10-8.

Cuevas and Zeballos, the fourth-seeded doubles pairing, advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-3 comeback win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald.

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