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Delbonis Stuns Almagro; Haas Wins On Sao Paulo Debut

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Delbonis© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Federico Delbonis caused a big upset on Wednesday.

Federico Delbonis kept his nerve to beat three-time former champion Nicolas Almagro on Wednesday at the Brasil Open 2014.

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.

Haas will next play Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who knocked out Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 in 74 minutes. 

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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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