STARNBERG, December 4, 2020
The quarterfinals of the Campeonato Internacional de Tenis, held at the Sociedade Hípica de Campinas in Brazil, are set. Two all-Argentine clashes headlined Thursday’s second round action with Francisco Cerundolo battling past Facundo Mena 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(0).
Twenty-two-year-old Cerundolo, a two-time ATP Challenger champion this season at the Split Open in Croatia as well as the Guayaquil Challenger in Ecuador, saved one match point and outpointed his compatriot 112-107 after two hours and 29 minutes.
How hot is @FranCerundolo ‼️
The 🇦🇷 saves a MP in Campinas, reeling off 10 points in a row to reach the quarter-finals.
Now 17-3 since mid-September. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/nXLNp86ljp
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) December 3, 2020
Cerundolo will next take on No. 3 seed Facundo Bagnis, who defeated fellow Argentine Renzo Olivo 6-1, 7-5. The World No. 126 from Buenos Aires prevailed after one hour and 32 minutes.
In other action, No. 4 seed Daniel Elahi Galan, winner of this year’s Lima Challenger in Peru, fought past Argentine qualifier Sebastian Baez 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5). The 24-year-old Colombian won three points more than his opponent to secure victory in two hours and 30 minutes. Up next for Galan will be No. 8 seed Dmitry Popko from Kazakhstan, who beat Brazilian Joao Menezes 6-2, 7-5. The encounter lasted one hour and 37 minutes.
Singles – Second Round
 F. Bagnis (ARG) d. R. Olivo (ARG) 6/1 7/5
 F. Cerundolo (ARG) d. F. Mena (ARG) 4/6 7/5 7/6(0)
 D. Popko (CAZ) d. J. Menezes (BRA) 6/2 7/5
Doubles – Quarterfinals
 L. Martinez (VEN) / F. Meligeni (BRA) d. M. Barrios (CHI) / A. Tabilo (CHI) 6/4 6/3
 S. Doumbia (FRA) / F. Reboul (FRA) d. N. Alvarez (PER) / A. Dougaz (TUN) 6/2 7/5
 M. Redlicki (EUA) / H. Reese (EUA) d. [WC] M. Pucinelli (BRA) / J. Reis (BRA) 6/1 6/7(4) 12-10