Baker, Malisse in Auckland 1st-round wins

Baker, Malisse in Auckland 1st-round wins

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Brian Baker and Xavier Malisse notched first-round upsets Monday at the Heineken Open tennis tournament in New Zealand.

Defending champion out in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Fabio Fognini eliminated defending champion Thomaz Bellucci Friday in the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open, an event that has lost its top four seeds.

Defending champ advances in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open Wednesday by downing Rui Machado 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.
Qualifier Bellucci takes Swiss Open title

Qualifier Bellucci takes Swiss Open title

GSTAAD, Switzerland, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Thomaz Bellucci, who had to qualify to get into the Swiss Open, won the event Sunday with a straight-set decision over Andreas Beck in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Bellucci to play Beck in Swiss Open final

GSTAAD, Switzerland, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Unseeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Andreas Beck of Germany will meet Sunday in the final of the Swiss Open.

Monfils, Robredo reach Acapulco quarters

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Gael Monfils dominated the third set Wednesday to defeat Thomaz Bellucci and reach the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open.

Robredo beats Bellucci for Brazil crown

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Former top-10 star Tommy Robredo of Spain beat Thomaz Bellucci in Saturday's final at the $562,500 Brasil Open.

Robredo, Bellucci reach Brazilian final

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Tommy Robredo and Thomaz Bellucci took different paths Friday to reach the championship match of the Brazil Open.

Top seed eliminated in Brazil

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Frederico Gil won two tiebreaks and surprised defending champion Nicolas Almagro in Thursday's quarterfinals at the Brazil Open.
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Thomaz Bellucci

Thomaz Cocchiarali Bellucci (born December 30, 1987 in TietĂȘ), a professional tennis player, is the top ranked Brazilian tennis player. He currently holds a career high ranking of #21, achieved on July 26, 2010.

Bellucci used a string of ITF Challenger tournament victories early in 2008 to break into the top 100 rankings of the ATP World Tour as a 20-year-old. In 2009, he reached his first tour final at the Brasil Open and won his first tour title at the Swiss Open. In 2010, He won his second tour title at the Movistar Open in Chile.

Thomaz's playing style is using the heavy topspin of his big forehand to control points. He lacks outright power to produce a lot of aces, but he has excellent spin on his serve, allowing him to force his opponents off of the court which leads to him taking the offensive at the beginning of the point. His two-handed backhand is much more compact than his forehand, and is flatter, which allows him to take balls earlier on his backhand wing and drive the ball for winners. His preferred court is clay, but shows the adaptive potential to get much better at faster courts as well.

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