BRASIL OPEN 2014
Delbonis Stuns Almagro; Haas Wins On Sao Paulo Debut
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
Delbonis, who is currently No. 61 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, broke a two-match losing streak against No. 17-ranked Almagro in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 90 minutes. Each player hit 10 aces. Although Almagro lost just six of his first service points, Delbonis crucially saved nine of 10 break points.
Almagro has won a record-tying six ATP World Tour titles on the Latin American swing (tied w/Ferrer). He lifted the Sao Paulo crown in 2008 (d. Moya), 2011 (d. Dolgopolov) and 2012 (d. Volandri).
The 23-year-old Delbonis will look to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final since last July in Hamburg, where he upset Roger Federer, when he next plays Albert Montanes. The Spaniard led Brazilian wild card Joao Souza 6-4, 2-3 when his opponent retired due to abdominal muscle pain.
Top seed Tommy Haas made a winning debut in Sao Paulo and a welcome return to Latin America, as he advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Italian qualifier Potito Starace in one hour and 30 minutes.
“It’s a very nice event,” said Haas. “It’s a very nice stadium here. I think it’s my first time playing an event on clay indoors. With the altitude you have to adjust a little bit, but overall it’s very nice. The city is great.”
The 35-year-old German is contesting a Golden Swing tournament for just the third time, following appearances in 2002 in Acapulco and in 1997 in Santiago.
Peya/Soares Upset In Opener
Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares bowed out in their first-round match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7. Peya and Soares had reached the final in their first two tournaments of 2014, finishing as the runners-up in Doha and Auckland.
The three other seeded tandems, led by last week's Rio Open champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, advanced Wednesday. The second-seeded Colombians prevailed against Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
Germans Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich, the third seeds, beat Robin Haase and Christopher Kas 7-5, 6-3, while fourth seeds Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos dismissed Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 6-2, 6-3.
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