Bolelli defeats Monaco in Sao Paolo, Almagro through

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Simone Bolelli stunned Monaco, Filippo Volandri smashed out Bellucci, whilst Nicolas Almagro advanced to quarterfinal of Sao Paulo in three sets.

A surprise exit for third seed Argentine Juan Monaco who was eliminated by Italian Bolelli on the clay court of Sao Paulo. The 80th-ranked Italian suffered a loss of serve in the third game of the match, yet he responded with a re-break straight away. World No. 15 Monaco could not get his nose in front again and even gave away another serve to lose the opening set. He was nowhere near a comeback in the following set as Bolelli kept him at bay successfully. Monaco was thus shocked again in the fourth game and the Italian confirmed the break with a love hold. He repeated that in his next service game and finally broke the Argentine’s spirit and claimed a victory with his second break of the set, the fourth in total. Bolelli moved into the last eight in Sao Paulo with a 7-5, 6-2 final score.

Second seed Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was not perfectly convincing either in the match against Chilean player Paul Capdeville, yet he managed to squeeze through to the quarterfinals in three sets. He consolidated his second break of the opener to make it 3-1 and maintained the advantage for the rest of the set which he won by converting the first set ball. In the following set both athletes conceded a break in the early stages and the crowd witnessed a tie-break in the end – it went the Chilean’s way and it was one set a piece between them. Almagro stayed focused in the decider, pounced on two break point chances and tucked the match away with a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2 victory.

Home crowd favorite Thomaz Bellucci was another seeded player who did not survive the second round. Italian Volandri seized a triple break in each of the two sets, brought the fifth-seeded Brazilian to his knees and threw him out of the tournament after one hour and eleven minutes of play. The score: 6-3, 6-2.

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