Gonzalez, Acasuso advance

Updated: February 2, 2010, 10:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former champions Fernando Gonzalez and Jose Acasuso cruised to easy first-round victories in the Movistar Open on Tuesday.

Gonzalez, who beat Acasuso a year ago for his fourth hometown title, dispatched Oscar Hernandez of Spain 6-2, 6-1. Acasuso beat wild card Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-1, 6-1.

Top-seeded Gonzalez is trying to win his third consecutive Movistar Open and fifth in 10 attempts. He'll next face another Spaniard, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Sixth-seeded Acasuso, champion in 2006, could run into Gonzalez again in the semifinals. He lost only five points on serve and broke Podlipnik-Castillo five times. The Argentine will next play countryman Eduardo Schwank, who needed more than three hours to beat Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Third-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil defeated Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, but fourth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, a two-time semifinalist, was upended by Ricardo Mello of Brazil, who won 7-6 (5), 6-3 in his season opener.

Two other seeds -- both making their debuts in Santiago -- were also eliminated.

No. 5 Horacio Zeballos of Argentina fell to Lukasz Kubot of Poland 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, and No. 7 Simon Greul of Germany lost to 208th-ranked qualifier Joao Souza of Brazil 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Other winners were Spaniards Pere Riba and David Marrero and Chile's Paul Capdeville.


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