Bellucci photo by Wander Roberto/Inovafoto
SAO PAULO, Brazil – 2010 champion and No. 6 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain was upset by Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the first round of the Brazil Open on Wednesday. Mayer dominated with his serve smashing 11 aces in the match.
“That first set was key, especially after I had the advantage in the tiebreaker,” said Ferrero. “But Mayer had a great match throughout and served really well.”
The night match was a battle between Brazilians and good friends saw fourth seeded Thomaz Bellucci stop Ricardo Mello 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 to move on to the third round.
“My confidence took a hit after the 1-6 in the second set but I kept focused and was able to revert the score in the third,” said Bellucci, “In the first set, everything was going well. Knew it would be difficult to maintain that pace in the second, but did not expect the game changed so much. Fortunately, I managed to maintain concentration for the third set and I won this great...