Seeds reach semis at Ecuador Open

By Sacha Pisani 11 February 2017
Seeds reach semis at Ecuador Open

Seeds Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Paolo Lorenzi and Thomaz Bellucci all won through to the semi-finals of the Ecuador Open.

Second seed Ramos-Vinolas prevailed in three sets against Roberto Carballes Baena in an all-Spanish affair in Quito on Friday.

In a clash lasting almost three hours, Ramos-Vinolas claimed three breaks and fended off four of his own in a 7-5 4-6 6-2 on the Ecuadorian clay.

Next up for Ramos-Vinolas is Italian third seed Lorenzi.

Lorenzi progressed to the final four after easing past Rajeev Ram 6-3 6-4 in the quarters.

Brazilian fourth seed Bellucci accounted for fellow seed Renzo Olivo 6-2 6-1.

Bellucci won all 18 of his first service points and did not face a break point against the eighth seed.

Standing in the way of Bellucci and the final is defending champion Victor Estrella Burgos.

After upstaging Ivo Karlovic, Estrella Burgos - winner of the tournament in 2015 and 2016 - saw off Federico Gaio 6-4 6-4. 

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