Juan Ignacio Chela advances

Updated: February 8, 2011, 11:01 PM ET
Associated Press

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil -- Fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina beat Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Da Silva 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 to reach the second round of the Brazil Open on Tuesday.

In other first-round matches at the clay-court event, No. 6 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain rallied to beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 and seventh-seeded Potito Starace of Italy overcame Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Also, Carlos Berlocq of Argentina downed Andre Ghem of Brazil 6-4, 6-3; Rui Machado of Portugal beat Argentina's Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-2; Lukasz Kubot of Poland advanced against Eduardo Schwank of Argentina 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (2); and Brazil's Ricardo Mello cruised past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-4, 6-3.

Nicolas Almargo is the top-seeded player and fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes is No. 2. Both have byes into the second round.


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