CLARO OPEN COLOMBIA 2014
Falla, Gonzalez Advance In Bogota
by ATP Staff|
World No. 54 Alejandro Falla made quick work of Japan's Tatsuma Ito as he opened his bid for the Claro Open Colombia title on Tuesday. The fifth seed and 2013 runner-up (l. to Karlovic) advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in 58 minutes.
Gonzalez, ranked 74th in the Emirates ATP Rankings, began his Bogota campaign with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Evgeny Donskoy. The sixth seed, who reached his maiden ATP World Tour quarter-final this past April in Houston (l. to Giraldo), next faces Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, a 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 over qualifier Kevin King.
Wild card Cabal fell in a tight three-set contest to Australian Sam Groth 6-3, 6-7(10), 7-6(4) in two hours and 21 minutes. Groth had broken into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching his first tour-level semi-final last week in Newport.