Almagro cruises; Montanes bounced in Brazil

 

 
 
 

Top-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was an easy winner, while second-seeded Albert Montanes came up a second-round loser Wednesday at the $527,700 Brasil Open tennis event.

Costa do Sauipe, Brazil (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was an easy winner, while second-seeded Albert Montanes came up a second-round loser Wednesday at the $527,700 Brasil Open tennis event.

Almagro, who captured this event in 2008, cruised past Brazilian Joao Souza 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

Portuguese Rui Machado will do battle with Almagro in the quarterfinals. Machado destroyed Italian Filippo Volandri 6-2, 6-1.

Brazilian crowd favorite Ricardo Mello upended Montanes 6-3, 6-3 on the red clay at Costa do Sauipe Bahia.

In another upset, Pablo Andujar of Spain took down fellow countryman Tommy Robredo 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Robredo, the No. 6 seed, won here in 2009.

Robredo defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia to claim last week's Movistar Open.

Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, the No. 3 seed, handled Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 7-5.

Fourth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. Dolgopolov was a surprise quarterfinalist at the Australian Open two weeks ago.

Fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina moved on with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Lukasz Kubot.

The Polish Kubot lost to former world No. 1 Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in last year's finale here.

Seventh-seeded Italian Potito Starace booked his spot in the quarters with a 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) victory against Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer. Starace will face Dolgopolov in the round of eight.

The 2011 Brasil Open titlist will pocket $85,700.

 
 
 
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