Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas’s hot form on clay is gathering steam with the second seed at the Brasil Open advancing to his fourth straight quarter-final on South American soil on Wednesday. The 29-year-old lefty took down Portugal’s Gastao Elias 6-4, 7-6(5) to book his place in the last eight.
The win comes on the back of a semi-final run at the Ecuador Open three weeks ago, a quarter-final at the Argentina Open two weeks ago and a semi-final finish at the Rio Open last week. The result extended the Spaniard’s FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Elias to 2-0, having defeated him in three sets in Sao Paolo three years ago.
Ramos-Vinolas – a semi-finalist at Sao Paulo five years ago (l. to eventual champion Almagro) – broke four times in the two-hour, 12-minute encounter to book a quarter-final showdown with unseeded Guido Pella. The Argentine upset countryman, eighth seed Carlos Berlocq, 7-5, 6-3 in a match in which he saved all six break points faced.
Fellow Argentine, seventh seed Federico Delbonis ended the run of future #NextGenATP star Casper Ruud. The lefty prevailed over the 18-year-old Norwegian 7-5, 6-3. Ruud was coming off an impressive run to his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Rio last week, where he held match point against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Portugal’s Joao Sousa ensured there would not be a third Argentine through to the quarter-finals in the bottom half of the draw when he defeated Renzo Olivo 6-2, 6-4. The fourth seed will face Delbonis for a place in the semi-finals.