Favourites Advance At Ano II – Brasil Tennis Challenger

Federico Coria (photo: João Pires/Foto Jump)


The top three seeds of the Ano II – Brasil Tennis Challenger, being held at the Clube Cristovao Colombo in Piracicaba, advanced to the second round on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Argentine Federico Coria beat his compatriot Renzo Olivo 6-1, 7-5. The World No. 103 capitalized on four of his 12 break-point chances to succeed in one hour and 54 minutes. Coria will next take on Juan Bautista Torres from Argentina, who battled past Brazilian Joao Lucas Reis da Silva 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 45 minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw, Camilo Ugo Carabelli booked his spot in the second round of the ATP Challenger Tour 75 clay-court event with a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory over Carlos Taberner from Spain. The No. 2 seed from Argentina won 89 per cent of his first-service points and broke his rival three times to prevail after one hour and 50 minutes. Up next for Ugo Carabelli will be local wild card entry Mateus Alves, who defeated fellow Brazilian Nicolas Zanellato 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 34 minutes.

Third-seeded Ivan Gakhov remained untroubled his encounter against wild card entry Eduardo Ribeiro from Brazil, winning 6-3, 6-3. The 27-year-old Russian converted all of his three break-point opportunities to seal victory in one hour and 14 minutes. Gakhov will next oppose South Korean alternate Gerard Campana Lee, who edged out home favourite Pedro Sakamoto 7-5, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes.

Dutra da Silva wins three-hour battle

In other action, No. 4 seed Santiago Rodriguez Taverna of Argentina lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to Brazilian qualifier Daniel Dutra da Silva in three hours and 11 minutes, the longest match of the tournament so far.

“It was a tough match, but it was a beautiful victory. The crowd helped a lot. Playing at home is different, and it’s great to have the fans cheering all the time. At 5-5, I got a bit tired, was feeling some cramps, but with the crowd pushing, I gave that extra push,” Dutra da Silva said.

His next opponent is the Italian Alexander Weis, who rallied past Argentine qualifier Federico Agustin Gomez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The encounter lasted two hours and 34 minutes.