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Bellucci seeks to defend his title in Santiago.

Thomaz Bellucci began the defence of his Movistar Open title in Chile in style with a 6-2 6-2 win over Filippo Volandri on Monday.

Third-seed Bellucci was comfortable in his first-round match in Santiago, winning all five break points created to move into the second round where he meets Rui Machado, of Portugal, or home wildcard Felipe Rios.

Spanish sixth-seed Tommy Robredo came from behind to beat Portuguese player Frederico Gil 2-6 6-3 6-4 despite enduring an horrendous start. He faces Ricardo Mello next after the Brazilian beat Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Juan Ignacio Chela had to dig deep at times to overcome Chile’s Jorge Aguilar 6-3 7-5 while Igor Andreev also moves into the second round.


Simon and Chela both victorious, one in France and one in Romania.

Gilles Simon secured his first ATP title for almost a year with a comfortable straight-sets win in the final of the Open de Moselle in Metz.

The Frenchman savoured victory on home turf after easily seeing off the challenge of German qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-2 in just 67 minutes.

World number 41 Simon has suffered a disrupted season with a knee injury affecting his form and ranking, but his first title since the Bangkok trophy last October is set to lift him up the rankings.

Simon claimed the sole break of serve in the opening set in the sixth game before holding the rest of the way.

Zverev, at 155 the lowest ranked player to reach an ATP final this season, enjoyed a 2-0 career record against Simon coming into the match but never looked like extending that sequence as the Frenchman took charge.

Trailing 2-1 in the second set, Simon turned the screw to win five straight games and complete a one-sided victory.

Juan Ignacio Chela completed a perfect week at the BCR Open in Bucharest by adding the singles title to his victory in yesterday’s doubles final.

The fourth-seeded Argentinian dug deep to take a hard-fought opening set against Spain’s Pablo Andujar before easing clear in the second to post a 7-5 6-1 triumph in 88 minutes.

The victory marks the world number 53’s second title of the year and sixth of his career, and comes just a day after the 31-year-old won the doubles crown alongside Lukasz Kubot.

“It was an unbelievable week winning in both singles and doubles. I didn’t expect that,” Chela said.

Chela did not have it all his own way against world number 105 Andujar, who was making his first appearance in an ATP final.

The 24-year-old Spaniard forced two breaks of Chela’s serve in the opener but was broken on three occasions himself as the greater experience of his opponent told.

Two further breaks of the Andujar serve were sufficient for Chela to take the second set and the match at a canter.


Montanes is seeking his third ATP title of the year.

Albert Montanes stepped up his bid for a third title of the year by reaching the semi-finals of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest.

The 29-year-old has already won tournaments in Stuttgart and Estoril – where he beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals – and has reached a career-high in the world rankings after climbing to 22nd.

As top seed at the clay-court event in Bucharest, he was given a scare by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy today but overcame a wobble in the second set to win 6-3 1-6 6-3.

Awaiting Montanes in the last four is another stiff test in the shape of fourth seed Juan Ignacio Chela, the 31-year-old Argentinian who beat Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3 6-3 today.

Third seed Potito Starace went out of the tournament despite going close to a straight-sets win over Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

Italian Starace led by a set and the second went to a tie-break, however Granollers clung on and finished a 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 winner.

Granollers goes on to face another Spaniard, Pablo Andujar, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-4.


Murray’s match will be completed on Thursday.

An angry Andy Murray walked off Court One at Roland Garros on Wednesday evening despite taking a one-set lead over Juan Ignacio Chela in his French Open second-round match.

Play was suspended until Thursday due to bad light at just after 9.30pm local time, with Murray leading 6-2 3-3 and seemingly keen to play on.

But Chela was not so eager and won the battle of wills when tournament officials called a halt to proceedings, much to Murray’s annoyance.

A succession of rain delays on day four at Roland Garros meant the contest did not begin on Court One until 8.07pm local time and there was never any real prospect of it finishing in one go.

Murray admitted after Monday’s epic first-round win over Richard Gasquet that, with his congenital knee problem currently giving him grief, another five-setter could kill off his tournament hopes.

So in one respect, the prospect of playing his match with Chela in two parts might have appealed to the Scot, especially in light of his record against the Argentinian.


Chela defeats Querrey in the US Clay Court final.

Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina defeated third-seeded American Sam Querrey in three sets Sunday in the championship match of the $500,000 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Chela took the 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory in a little under 2 1/2 hours for his fifth career title, all of which have come on clay. It is his first title since 2007, when Chela won in Acapulco.

Querrey was vying for his fourth career title and second of the season, having bested American John Isner at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in February.

Querrey had 11 aces Sunday, but recorded a first-serve percentage of just 57 in his first-ever clay court final.

Sunday’s final was the first-ever meeting between the players. Chela earned $79,900 for the victory, while Querrey won $42,000 as the runner-up.

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