Ruud Marches On In Santiago
Second seed Casper Ruud faced a vocal crowd and a determined opponent in wild card Alejandro Tabilo, but he held off the home favourite 6-4, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago.
A pair of double faults from Tabilo at 5-5 in the second set handed Ruud a break and the Norwegian closed out the win after one hour and 31 minutes. The 21-year-old has now won six of his past seven matches, capturing his maiden ATP Tour title two weeks ago in Buenos Aires (d. Sousa).
Awaiting him in the last eight is seventh-seeded Argentine Federico Delbonis, who moved past Salvatore Caruso 7-6(1), 6-3. The 29-year-old moved into his first ATP Tour quarter-final since last July in Bastad.
Sixth seed Hugo Dellien defeated local wild card Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera 6-3, 7-6(2) in their second-round clash. The Bolivian fought off two set points on his serve at 4-5 in the second set before eventually advancing into his first tour-level quarter-final of the year.
Next up for Dellien is Argentine qualifier Renzo Olivo, who saved two match points to upset fourth-seeded Uruguyan Pablo Cuevas 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(8). Olivo battled back from 6/7 and 7/8 in the third-set tie-break to prevail in three hours and 24 minutes.