Bellucci Ends Tipsarevic's Charge In Quito
Top-ranked Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci booked an all-South American quarter-final on Wednesday after he edged past Janko Tipsarevic at the Ecuador Open. The Brazilian fourth seed, a runner-up in Quito last season, saw off the Serbian wild card 7-6(8), 7-6(2) and will next face Argentine Renzo Olivo.
Eighth-seeded Olivo ground out a 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3 second-round victory over Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo to book his second straight Quito quarter-final berth. Giraldo was bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since Los Cabos in August last year.
In the final first-round clash, two-time defending champion Victor Estrella Burgos won his 11th straight match in the Ecuadorian capital with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Slovakian Andrej Martin. The win secures a second-round meeting with top seed Ivo Karlovic on Thursday.
Spanish qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena brought a close to local favourite Giovanni Lapentti’s career with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. The 34-year-old Lapentti, who bowed out of the doubles alongside brother Nicolas no Tuesday, was contesting his final ATP World Tour tournament and was bidding to reach his first quarter-final since 2005 Scottsdale.
The 23-year-old Carballes Baena will face fellow Spaniard, second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, for a place in the semi-finals. In a battle of the lefties, Ramos-Vinolas won the final match of the day when he took down Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 6-2, 7-5.