Photo: Gastón MonteroJorge Aguilar (CHI)
LIMA, PERU: Following an opening round scare, the tournament’s top seed, Jorge Aguilar of Chile, made comfortable progress into round two.
Aguilar, who in the first round had faced a far tougher test than many would have imagined against a player ranked some 469 places below him in the ATP rankings, followed up his 75 67(5) 63 win by dropping just two game to triumph 61 61 and seal a quarterfinal spot.
A familiar face awaits the 28-year-old Chilean Davis Cup player as his doubles partner and compatriot Ricardo Urzua-Rivera also won through to the quarterfinals to the loss of just two games, winning 62 60.
The pair will battle it out for a place in the singles semifinal today (Thursday) before taking to the court again, this time on the same side of the net, as they look to improve on last week’s semifinal finish and earn themselves a career first doubles final place together.
Keeping alive hopes of a home champion are seventh seed Mauricio Echazu and wild card entrant Juan Pablo Varillas Patino. The two are set to face each other in the semifinals providing they come through their respective clashes with Argentinian opposition.
Echazu opens the day’s play against Gaston Paz, a qualifier who stunned the Ecuadorian fourth seed Ivan Endara in the last round whilst Varillas Patino takes on Juan Ignacio Londero, the number two seed.
You can find out how these, along with the others in action today and the remainder of this week, get on by by checking the tournament’s home page online here where draws and results will be updated following close of play each day.