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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina saves eight of 11 break points at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open on Tuesday.

Davidovich Fokina Survives Santiago Scare

Delbonis through to second round

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came within two points of defeat on Tuesday, before claiming a 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory against Andrej Martin at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open.

The #NextGenATP Spaniard, who trailed Martin 5/4 in the second-set tie-break, saved eight of 11 break points to record his second tour-level win of the year. It is Davidovich Fokina’s first victory since reaching the Australian Open second round last month.

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The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier will meet top seed Cristian Garin in the second round. Garin enters his home tournament on a nine-match winning streak, following title runs in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro.

Juan Ignacio Londero headlined the night session with a 6-4, 6-2 win in his all-Argentine clash with Federico Coria. The fifth seed moved to 6-3 during the Latin Swing and set up a second-round clash with #NextGenATP Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild.

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Seventh seed Federico Delbonis reached the second round at an ATP Tour event in South America for the third straight week, beating Martin Klizan 6-1, 7-6(5). The Argentine will face Salvatore Caruso for a spot in the quarter-finals. Caruso beat Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3 in 79 minutes.

Eighth seed Thiago Monteiro rallied from a set down to defeat Leonardo Mayer 6-7(0), 6-3, 6-4. The Brazilian saved each of the five break points he faced and will meet Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round. Carballes Baena overcame countryman Jaume Munar 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in his opening-round match on Monday.

Alejandro Tabilo delighted the home crowd with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Italian Paolo Lorenzi. The 22-year-old has jumped more than 420 spots in the FedEx ATP Rankings over the past 12 months and sits at a career-high standing of No. 166. Next up for Tabilo is second-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud, who captured his maiden ATP Tour crown two weeks ago in Buenos Aires (d. Sousa).

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