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Ferrer and Fognini advance to second round at Copa Claro

Feb. 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Italy's Fabio Fognini continued to sizzle on clay Tuesday by topping Julian Reister of Germany 7-5, 6-2 in the opening round of the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.

The second-seeded Fognini won for the 20th time in his last 21 clay-court matches and advanced to a second-round tilt with Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.

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Fognini also extended his current overall winning streak to seven matches. Fognini lost serve four times Tuesday, but broke Reister seven times in 13 opportunities.

Top-seeded David Ferrer won the late match Tuesday with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 win over Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez.

Mayer moved on by ousting fellow Argentine Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-4.

Sixth-seeded Robin Haase also advanced by outlasting another Argentine qualifier, Martin Alund, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.

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