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By Ajay Tyagi
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Tuesday saw lopsided opening victories for former champions Fernando Gonzalez and Jose Acasuso in their quest for more Movistar Open titles.
Gonzalez defeated Oscar Hernandez of Spain 6-2, 6-1 in the first round while Acasuso hammered local wild card Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-1, 6-1. Top-seeded Gonzalez was trying to win his third Movistar Open in a row. He will be facing Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain in the next round. There is a possibility of 2006 Champion, sixth-seeded Acasuso running into Gonzalez in the semifinals.
The Argentine will next play countryman Eduardo Schwank, who beat Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6,7-6(3), 6-3 in close to three hours. Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador got defeated by third-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 and fourth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay a two-time semifinalist, was upended by Ricardo Mello of Brazil, who won 7-6 (5), 6-3 in his season opener.
No. 5 Heracio Zeballos of Argentina fell to Lukasz Kubot of Poland 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, and No. 7 Simon Greul of Germany lost to 208th-ranked qualifier Joao Souza of Brazil 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Both were making their debuts in Santiago.
Other winners were Spaniards Pere Riba and David Marrero, and Chile's Paul Capdeville.
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