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Almagro stays hot with Buenos Aires win

Feb. 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Spain's Nicolas Almagro continued his recent hot streak Tuesday, rallying for a first-round win over Italian Potito Starace at the Copa Claro tennis event.

The second-seeded defending champ dropped the first set but came back for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Starace in a 2-hour, 7-minute match at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

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The Spaniard continued his torrid play after defeating Italy's Filippo Volandri for the crown of last week's Brazil Open. He claimed last year's Buenos Aires title with a win over Juan Ignacio Chela.

Almagro, the world No. 11, now moves on to face Argentine Federico Delbonis.

Also advancing Tuesday was No. 3 seed Gilles Simon of France, who got past Portuguese Rui Machado 6-3, 7-5. No. 5 Juan Monaco of Argentina also moved on with a 6-1, 3-1 win when Filippo Volandri of Italy retired.

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