Mello wins twice at Brazil Open
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Ticker) - Ricardo Mello had no problems having to play twice Thursday at the $380,000 Brazil Open claycourt tennis tournament.
Because of heavy rains Wednesday, Mello and others had to play both second-round and quarterfinal matches Thursday, and the ninth-seeded Brazilian defeated both qualifier Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina and Spaniard Santiago Ventura to advance to the semifinals.
In his second-round matchup, Mello held a 6-3, 1-0 lead when Vassallo Arguello retired due to heat stress. Hours later, Mello posted a 7-5, 6-1 triumph over Ventura, who had completed his second-round match Wednesday.
Mello awaits either sixth-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal or Argentine Agustin Calleri in the semifinals.
Nadal posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over countryman Alex Calatrava, while Calleri upset fellow Argentine No. 3 Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
In the bottom half of the draw, Alberto Martin of Spain upset No. 7 Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Both players completed second-round wins Wednesday.
Martin will meet a qualifier in the semifinals, either Peter Luczak of Austria or Edgardo Massa of Argentina.
Luczak rallied to defeat Brazilian wild card Andre Sa, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, while Massa saved a match point en route to upsetting No.8 Albert Costa of Spain, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).