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Haase Falls To Brazilian In Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Souza© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Joao Souza upsets fifth seed Robin Haase at the Brasil Open 2014.

Fifth seed Robin Haase bowed out on his debut at the Brasil Open 2014, falling to 129th-ranked Brazilian wild card Joao Souza 7-5, 6-4 on Monday in Sao Paulo.

Haase was unable to capitalise on his four break points, while dropping serve twice, to fall to a 3-6 season record. The Dutchman also lost in his first-round match last week at the Rio Open, following a quarter-final run at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (l. to Robredo). 

Sousa recorded his first tour-level win since last year’s Brasil Open. The 25 year old began his 2014 campaign with success in Sao Paulo, winning the ATP Challenger Tour event.

In an all-Argentine opener, Guido Pella saved one match point in a 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 7-6(4) win over seventh seed Leonardo Mayer. Both players dropped serve just once during the two hour, 33-minute battle. Mayer had reached his first ATP World Tour final three weeks ago at the Royal Guard Open Chile, the opening tournament of the Golden Swing.

Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who last year upset Rafael Nadal in the Vina del Mar final, needed more than two hours to get by Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3. Zeballos and Cuevas had teamed up to reach the Buenos Aires final two weeks ago (l. to Granollers/M. Lopez).

Qualifying action concluded Monday, with Portugal’s Gastao Elias, Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, Spaniard Pere Riba and Italian Potito Starace all securing their place in the main draw.

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