It took Juan Ignacio Londero nearly three hours on Monday, but the 28-year-old found a way to advance in Santiago.
The Argentine outlasted 22-year-old countryman Tomas Martin Etcheverry 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after two hours and 51 minutes to reach the second round of the Chile Dove Men+Care Open. The 28-year-old qualifier saved seven of the 10 break points he faced and converted four of his six break opportunities.
Londero, who including qualifying has won three matches this week in Santiago, is pursuing his second ATP Tour title. Three years ago, he triumphed in Cordoba, and later that year climbed to a career-high No. 50 in the ATP Rankings.
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In other action another Argentine, Facundo Bagnis, eased past Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 6-0 in 62 minutes. The eighth seed won his first match of the year against Andy Murray. However, he arrived in Santiago on a six-match losing streak.