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Monaco, Bellucci Reach Sao Paulo QFs

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Monaco© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Juan Monaco advances to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since August 2013.

Fourth seed Juan Monaco ended a three-match losing streak against Albert Ramos to kick-start his 2014 ATP World Tour season on Thursday at the Brasil Open 2014. Monaco notched just his second win of the year with a 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and 54 minutes. 

Monaco, who is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since a runner-up finish at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel (l. to Granollers) in early August 2013, will attempt to earn his 200th clay-court match win when he meets Paolo Lorenzi on Friday. Lorenzi defeated Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4, 6-3 in 72 minutes.

Slovakian Martin Klizan knocked out third-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since last July in Umag. Granollers, who opened his 2014 campaign with a semi-final run in Chennai, lost in his opening match for the fifth time in his past six tournaments.

Klizan next meets local hope and 2009 runner-up Thomaz Bellucci, who prevailed against Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3 after two hours and 36 minutes. Bellucci has now reached the quarter-finals in five of his seven appearances at the Brasil Open.

Former World No. 21 Bellucci, currently No. 108 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, also reached the quarter-finals last week in Rio de Janeiro.

Cabal, FarahIn-Form Colombians Reach Doubles SFs
Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who captured their first ATP World Tour title at last week’s Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv (d. Marrero-Melo), reached the semi-finals when they defeated Daniele Bracciali and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-2.

Cabal and Farah were also beaten in the Brisbane International final (l. to Fyrstenberg-Nestor) and won one ATP Challenger Tour title at Bucaramanga this year.

Granollers returned to the court with fellow Spaniard Pere Riba and knocked out fourth seeds Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 for a place in the semi-finals. 

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