VINA DEL MAR, Chile – Carlos Berlocq of Argentina defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain, 7-5, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Vina Del Mar VTR Open, the first event on the monthlong clay-court swing around Latin America.
The seventh-seeded Berlocq and No. 5 Albert Montanes of Spain, who was to play later, are the only seeded players in action on Tuesday.
In other early matches, Frederico Gil of Portugal defeated Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, and Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil recovered from a poor start to beat Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
The top four seeds in the tournament have byes into the second round. Argentine Juan Monaco is seeded No. 1 and countryman Juan Ignacio Chela is No. 2. Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci is No. 3 and Pablo Andujar of Spain is No. 4.