Chile's Gonzalez advances at Vina del Mar

Jan. 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez began his quest for a fifth Vina del Mar, Chile, title Tuesday with a win over Pere Riba in opening-round action at the VTR Open.

The Chilean former Top 5 star last won the event in 2009. He got off to a good start this year with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Spain's Riba.

Gonzalez didn't show any ill effects of missing most of the 2011 season with a knee injury.

Fifth-seeded Albert Montanes also notched a first-round victory Tuesday, handling qualifier and fellow Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-2, 6-4.

No. 7 Carlos Berlocq of Argentina advanced with a 7-5, 6-0 victory against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver while Federico del Bonis of Argentina bested two-time Vina del Mar finalist Nicolas Massu 6-0, 6-3.

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