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A frustrated Murray receives a warning for swearing as he is humbled by Bellucci in straight sets!


Andy Murray tumbled out of the Madrid Open after losing his third round match with Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets. World number four Murray, who had never before faced his Brazilian opponent, was beaten 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes. Murray had three break points in the first set but failed to take any of them, while Bellucci boasted a 100 per cent record as he broke the Scot three times, once in the final game of the first set and twice in the second set. Bellucci, the world number 36, will now play seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

Murray came into the match on the back of a three-set victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round last night. That was Murray’s first competitive singles outing since reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo last month, having missed the subsequent Barcelona Open due to an elbow problem that hindered him in Monaco. Today’s encounter was moved to the Manolo Santana centre court after the scheduled tie for that court – the much-anticipated showdown between top seed Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro – failed to materialise after the Argentinian pulled out with a hip injury.

Unlike yesterday’s match when both Murray and Simon broke each other in the opening two games, the first two games today went with serve. Murray had the first chance to take early control of the set in the third when he created two break points at 15-40, but hard-hitting left-hander Bellucci responded by winning the next four points to hold. Murray, having held to make it 2-2, also fashioned a break point on Bellucci’s next service game but he again failed to take his opportunity and in that game the frustrated fourth seed also received a warning from the umpire for swearing. The next four games went comfortably to serve, leaving Bellucci 5-4 ahead going into the 10th. And it was that game where Bellucci made the crucial breakthrough, creating his first break point of the match and immediately capitalising on it as Murray’s backhand went wide to leave the Brazilian celebrating. The first five games of the second set passed without too many problems for either player but Bellucci made the vital breakthrough in the sixth after Murray had surrendered a position of power at 40-15 up. Having battled back to deuce, Bellucci then saw Murray twice overhit shots to take the game and a 5-2 lead. Bellucci held his next service game before sealing the match by breaking Murray for a second time in the set. The 23-year-old had two match points but needed only one of them as he dumped the British number one out of the tournament.



Second seed Fernando Verdasco is out of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco.

Thomaz Bellucci caused an upset as he dumped second seed Fernando Verdasco out of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco. The Brazilian is ranked 27 places below his Spanish counterpart but started confidently to take the first set 6-2. Verdasco, a quarter-finalist here last season, fought back to take the second set 6-4, but Bellucci held his nerve to take the decider 6-3.

Australian Open quarter-finalist Stanislas Wawrinka overcame a second-set wobble as he booked his place in the second round. The Swiss looked to be on his way to victory against Spain’s Pablo Andujar when he took the first set 7-5 on a tie-break, but his opponent hit back to take the second 6-3 and force a decider. But Wawrinka regained his focus and proved far too strong as he romped to a 6-0 success in the final set.

Fifth seed Albert Montanes cruised through his all-Spanish tie with Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 6-1, while Argentina’s Juan Monaco beat compatriot Horacio Zeballos 7-5 7-6 (7/3). Eighth seed Juan Ignacio Chela made an early exit as he was forced to withdraw from his clash with Eduardo Schwank while a set to the good. Fabio Fognini saw off qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 6-3 6-4, with Pablo Cuevas also securing a straight-sets win as he beat Potito Starace 6-4 6-4. Carlos Berlocq and Ivan Navarro also progressed, while in-form third seed Nicolas Almagro, champion in Buenos Aires last week, defeated Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2.


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.


Nalbandian will be a formidable challenger at the Aussie Open.

Argentinian David Nalbandian was made to work hard against Italian Fabio Fognini before prevailing 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 in his first-round match at the Heineken Open in Auckland. The first set went to the tie-break after some extravagant exchanges between the pair, but it was the sixth seed who held his nerve to edge ahead in the match. Nalbandian then broke Fognini’s serve to secure a straight-sets success, but his form will have left his vocal supporters anxious heading into his second-round match after he missed many easy points on his way to victory.

Seventh seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil also toiled to reach round two, eventually getting past American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 7-5. The 31st-ranked Brazilian capitalised on his third match-point to triumph in two hours and 48 minutes and set up a meeting with 2007 runner-up Tommy Robredo. Fifth seed Juan Monaco did not fare so well, though, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino defeating the Argentinian 6-4 6-3.

Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Germany’s Tobias Kamke also advanced in straight sets at the expense of American Bobby Reynolds and Spaniard Pere Riba respectively. Kamke will face top seed David Ferrer in round two. Frenchman Arnaud Clement battled from a set down to beat Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 4-6 6-2 7-5 while German Philipp Petzschner edged Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3). Romanian Victor Hanescu also needed three sets to get the better of South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (9/7) 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 and Robin Haase recovered to beat Pablo Cuevas 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/3).


Almagro joins Bellucci and Gasquet in round 2 in Barcelona..

Thomaz Bellucci reached the second round of the Barcelona Open following a straight-sets victory over Jarkko Nieminen.

The Brazilian edged a tight encounter 6-4 6-4 at the Real Club de Tenis.

The tournament had earlier been hit by the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal, the world number three.

Back on court, Nicolas Almagro eased through against fellow Spaniard Santiago Ventura, taking only an hour to secure a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Almagro, the 15th seed, was completely dominant, firing 10 aces en route to victory.

Juan Ignacio Chela also progressed with a 6-1 6-4 win over Filip Krajinovic.

Richard Gasquet got the better of Russian Igor Andreev in a tight match lasting one hour 42 minutes.

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist edged a first-set tie break 7-5 before securing a vital break in the second to claim a 7-6 6-4 victory.


Listless Djokovic loses his opener. Blake and Querrey also lose.

Former champion Novak Djokovic has been beaten in his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The No. 2-ranked Djokovic lost to Olivier Rochus 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4 Friday.

Djokovic double-faulted 10 times and lost 30 of 44 second-serve points, including 13 of 17 in the final set. He committed 62 unforced errors and converted only three of 13 break-point chances. He has repeated this similar pettern of play in his last 5 matches, but has been able to pull off miraculous comebacks to win. His luck ran out at Indian Wells against Ljubicic, and again today.

Djokovic won the tournament in 2007 and arrived at Key Biscayne with a 15-3 record this year. But he looked listless at times against Rochus, and by the third set fans were groaning as his errors mounted.

The Serb drew scattered jeers when he left the court, and he responded with a thumbs-up signal.

Americans James Blake and Sam Querrey lost to Thomas Bellucci and Jeremy Chardy respectively.


Bellucci upsets Gonzalez to reach final.

Third seed Thomaz Bellucci ended hometown favourite Fernando Gonzalez’s run at the Movistar Open in Santiago and will face Juan Monaco in the final.

The Brazilian, ranked 35th in the world, lost the first set 6-3 but came back to take the second with a decisive break in the 10th game.

And he pushed on to complete a 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory in one hour and 54 minutes.

Second seed Monaco, from Argentina, had a much easier passage to the final with a 6-1 6-4 rout of Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza.

Monaco broke twice in each set and won 68 per cent of points on his serve to seal a routine 73-minute win.


Bellucci looking to upset Simon.

bellucciThomaz Bellucci began the year reaching the Brasil Open final for the first time, but eventually lost to higher-ranked Tommy Robredo. It was his first ATP Tour final, after a string of Challengers. But later, he would win his first title in Gstaad after beating local hope Stanislas Wawrinka, two-time runner-up Igor Andreev, and first-time finalist Andreas Beck in the second round, semi-finals and final respectively.

Bellucci is on a 10 game winning streak, and will meet Giles Simon of France on an outside court today. Both players were born in Decenber but 3 years apart. Simon who is currently ranked #9 has had an up and down year, and will have his hands full against the young Brazillian.


Bellucci wins his first ATP title.

Thomaz-Bellucci-August-2-celeb_2341909Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci won the first ATP title of his career at the Allianz Swiss Open in Gstaad.

The 21-year-old Sao Paulo resident beat Germany’s Andreas Beck 6-4 7-6 (7/2) in the final, following up his impressive semi-final victory over Russian third seed Igor Andreev.

Beck, the world number 51 who was also seeking his maiden tournament win, had been favourite against 119th-ranked Bellucci but was edged out in two tight sets.

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