02-18-2005, 01:16 AM
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Well done, Ricardo!
Brazil's Ricardo Mello serves during his win over Argentine player Martin Vassolo Arguello, in their Brazil Open ATP tournament match at Costa do Sauipe resort, in the northern coastal state of Bahia, February 17, 2005. Arguello retired from the match with an injury. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos
Brazilian player Ricardo Mello returns the ball to Argentina's Martin Vassolo Arguello in their Brazil Open ATP tournament match, at Costa do Sauipe resort in the northern coastal state of Bahia, February 17, 2005. Mello won as Arguello retired from the match with an injury. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos
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).