Bagnis Books Quarterfinals Berth At Guayaquil Challenger

Facundo Bagnis (photo: Sala de prensa/José Alvarado)


Three Argentines and one Brazilian completed the Challenger Ciudad de Guayaquil Copa Banco Guayaquil presented by CNT quarterfinals line-up on Thursday.

Facundo Bagnis, second seed of the $52,080 clay-court tournament being held at the Anexo Guayaquil Tenis Club, battled past Peruvian qualifier Nicolas Alvarez 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. The World No. 79 of Argentina sent down seven aces and won 56 per cent of the total points played to secure victory in two hours and 13 minutes.

“The level of Nicolas surprised me a lot, especially in the second set. That makes me even happier because I really had to fight. At no time I did complain or lost my concentration. If I had, I would not have won,” said Bagnis.

The 31-year-old from Buenos Aires, who lifted his 14th Challenger trophy at the Salzburg Open in Anif, Austria in July, will next take on his compatriot Tomas Etcheverry. The No. 8 seed also had to go the distance to outlast Spanish lucky loser Nicolas Alvarez Varona 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) after two hours and 48 minutes.

In other action, No. 6 seed Thiago Seyboth Wild from Brazil defeated Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez 7-6(2), 6-0. The 21-year-old Brazilian capitalized on four of his 12 break-point opportunities to advance after one hour and 37 minutes.

Up next for Seyboth Wild will be Argentine Nicolas Kicker, who edged past Brazilian qualifier Daniel Dutra da Silva 7-6(5), 6-3. The encounter lasted one hour and 44 minutes.