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Falla, Gonzalez Advance In Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

Gonzalez© Copa Claro Colombia Alejandro Gonzalez is ranked No. 74 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

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.

The Colombian was joined on the day's schedule at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Coldeportes by two countrymen: Alejandro Gonzalez and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

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.

Dudi Sela of Israel also reached the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 sweep of Argentine Facundo Arguello in just under one hour. This was their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

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