BRASIL OPEN 2014
Home Hopes Bellucci, Dutra Silva Record Upsets In Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
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.
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.
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