ATP Copa Claro: Tommy Robredo, Marcel Granollers win; Maximo Gonzalez to face David Ferrer
Spanish seeds Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers both made it through to the second round of the ATP Copa Claro.
Last Updated: 11/02/14 8:32am
Robredo saw off compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-4 after an hour and 25 minutes on court, though he didn't have it all his own way as he managed to save six of the eight break points he faced.
A solitary break was enough to settle a tight second set that saw Carreno Busta waste five opportunities against the third-ranked Robredo serve.
Granollers was also given a stern challenge in his opening match in Argentina, the fifth seed eventually seeing off Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene by a 7-5 3-6 6-2 scoreline.
The world no 34 staved off the threat of being broken on serve on four occasions in a match that lasted two hours and 49 minutes.
It was a welcome first success on clay in 2014 for Granollers, who had fallen to Colombian Santiago Giraldo in straight sets last week in Vina del Mar.
Fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who also lost to Giraldo in the Vina del Mar, going out in the quarter-finals, bowed out in his opening match against home wild card Guido Pella 7-6(8/6) 6-4.
There was mixed news for two other Argentines competing - Federico Delbonis went out 3-6 7-5 6-1 to Spaniard Pablo Andujar, but Carlos Berlocq knocked out Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4 6-2.
Meanwhile, Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina set up a first-round meeting with top seed and two-time defending champion David Ferrer after seeing off Guilherme Clezar 6-3 4-6 6-4 in qualifying.