ATP Buenos Aires: Bellucci, Pella, Delbonis and Lajovic reach round two

Tennis - In the battle of the veterans, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Buenos Aires: Bellucci, Pella, Delbonis and Lajovic reach round two

Qualifier Thomaz Bellucci had a great day at the office in Buenos Aires, passing Pedro Cachin by 6-2 6-1 in just 57 minutes for the place in the second round and his 200th win on the Tour! This was only the second tournament of the season for Thomaz who didn't play for five months because of ITF Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The Brazilian served well and his forehand also was on a high level, losing just 11 points in seven service games and never facing a break point.

Cachin, who is currently ranked 276th, was far from those numbers in his service games, dropping 60% of the points on own serve and getting broken five times from six opportunities he gave to Bellucci. Thomaz broke at love in the first game of the match and again in game seven to seal the opening set with a hold at love a few minutes later.

He was even more impressive in set number two, notching three breaks of serve in a row to cross the finish line in under an hour and score an important win that will help him regain confidence after being sidelined for so long.

12 years after their first meeting in Estoril, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Carlos Berlocq met for the third time and for the third time the victory went to the Spaniard, beating the Argentine 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 20 minutes. Guillermo served well, losing 12 points in nine service games and he saved all four break points he faced in the closing stages of the match and he converted three out of five break points he faced to claim a solid win, his second of the season.

The Spaniard dropped just one point on serve and he broke Berlocq in games five and nine for a 6-3. He moved in front in the fourth game of the second set as well and he needed that break badly since Berlocq started to play better in the rest of the set, creating four break chances that could get him back to the scoreboard.

Garcia-Lopez had to dig deep in his final three service games but he fends off all break points to stay unbroken and bring the win home without spending too much time on the court. First round results:


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