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Gonzalez speeds into second round

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:04

The Chilean, on home clay, hammered Spain’s Oscar Hernandez 6-2 6-1 in just 59 minutes.

Sixth-seeded Argentinian Jose Acasuso had a similarly straightforward passage with a 6-1 6-1 triumph over Chile’s Hans Podlipnik but Thomaz Bellucci suffered a scare before beating Nicolas Lapentti in three sets.

The Brazilian third seed fought back to claim his place in round two with a 3-6 6-1 6-1 victory over the Ecuadorian.

Three seeds did fall in the first round, however, with the biggest upset coming when Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas – seeded fourth – was dumped out in straight sets by Ricardo Mello, the Brazilian triumphing 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

Poland’s Lukasz Kubot overcame fifth-seeded Argentinian Horacio Zeballos 3-6 7-5 6-3 and Brazil’s Joao Souza upset seventh-seeded German Simon Greul 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5).

Paul Capdeville saw off fellow home player Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan 4-6 6-2 6-1, while Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank boosted the South American contingent in round two by beating Italian Paolo Lorenzi 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-3.

Also today, Spanish trio Pere Riba-Madrid, David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo advanced with victories over Santiago Ventura, Juan-Martin Aranguren and Victor Crivoi respectively.

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