Lama Lone Local To Reach Quarterfinal In Santiago

Gonzalo Lama (photo: Cachantun Cup)

SANTIAGO, March 11, 2016

The remaining two seeds in the top half of the draw at the $50,000 Cachantun Cup in Santiago headlined Thursday’s action at Club Manquehue.

The tournament’s number one Facundo Bagnis cruised past fellow Argentine Tomas Lipovsek Puches, winning 6-1, 6-2 in only 49 minutes. The world number 95 from Buenos Aires didn’t face a break point, converting four of his own to face another countryman in the quarterfinal.

Maximiliano Estevez, who battled through the qualifying overcame Chilean lucky loser Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The 26-year-old Argentine won 62% of his first service points and capitalized on six of his 17 break point opportunities to seal victory in two hours and 11 minutes.

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo knocked out fourth seed Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The 38-year-old Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve five times to reach his second quarterfinal of the season, after he made it into the stage of the final four at the ATP Challenger in Rio in January.

The Spaniash veteran will take on the last remaining local in the draw, as Gonzalo Lama ousted Alessandro Giannessi 5-7, 6-2, 7-6. The world number 261 from Santiago withstood six aces, hitting four of his own, winning the tie-break in the final set to love. The match lasted two hours and 20 minutes.