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Dutra Silva© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Rogerio Dutra Silva upset sixth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Top Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci knocked out top Colombian Santiago Giraldo for a second straight week, defeating the eighth seed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo. He had also rallied from a set down last Monday at the Rio Open, prevailing over Giraldo after nearly two-and-a-half hours.

Former World No. 21 Bellucci, who rose 22 spots to No. 108 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, will look to advance to his second quarter-final in as many weeks when he next meets Andreas Haider-Maurer. The Austrian was made to work hard for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Julian Reister of Germany.

The 26-year-old Bellucci has an 11-6 record at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament, and has reached the quarter-finals in four of his past five visits. He was a finalist in 2009 (l. to Robredo), when the Brasil Open was held in Costa do Sauipe.

Earlier Tuesday, Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva upset sixth-seeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The No. 147-ranked Dutra Silva prevailed 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes.

Dutra Silva, who recorded his first tour-level win of the season, goes on to face Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, a 7-5, 6-3 winner over Spanish qualifier Pere Riba.

Another Italian, qualifier Potito Starace, rallied past Alejandro Gonzalez 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Filippo Volandri could not join his countrymen in the second round, falling 6-1, 6-2 to Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.

Starace next confronts top seed Tommy Haas in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter, while Delbonis will look to defeat second seed Nicolas Almagro for the first time in three attempts.

Slovakian Martin Klizan earned a second-round meeting with third-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers after defeating Brazilian wild card Guilherme Clezar 6-4, 6-3.

Albert Montanes, a quarter-finalist in Sao Paulo last year, cruised into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene.

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