Gastao ELIAS (POR) defeated Rogerio DUTRA DA SILVA (BRA) (1) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3
Thomas FABBIANO (ITA) (7) defeated Fabiano DE PAULA (BRA) 6-1 6-2
Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) (3) defeated Diego MATOS (BRA) 6-4 6-2
Ricardo HOCEVAR (BRA) (5) defeated Fernando ROMBOLI (BRA) 6-4 4-6 6-1
Andre GHEM (BRA) defeated Daniel SILVA (BRA) (8) 7-5 2-6 6-2
Caio ZAMPIERI (BRA) (4) defeated Clayton ALMEIDA (BRA) 6-4 6-4
Tsung-Hua YANG (TPE) (6) defeated Jose PEREIRA (BRA) 6-3 7-5
Guillermo ALCAIDE (ESP) (2) defeated Rodrigo GUIDOLIN (BRA) 6-4 6-3
Tough day for the Silvas. But that’s a huge win for Gastao Elias, possibly returning to the level and promise he once showed as a junior before being beset by injury.
Ricardo Hocevar ends Fernando Romboli’s 11-match winning streak 7-5 4-6 6-1. Seems like Fernando might have run out of gas in that third set. And who could blame him? Back-to-back-to-back tournaments over 2.5 weeks of winning, seeing his ranking rise 61 spots to #287. It was a good run, and I’m designating Fernando Romboli an official Player to Watch as of this sentence. Congrats on your excellent streak, champ!
Andre Ghem upset  Silva 7-5 2-6 6-2, but all other seeds made it through. The quarterfinal matchups are as follows:
Gastao ELIAS (POR) Vs Thomas FABBIANO (ITA) (7)
Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) (3) Vs Ricardo HOCEVAR (BRA) (5)
Andre GHEM (BRA) Vs Caio ZAMPIERI (BRA) (4)
Tsung-Hua YANG (TPE) (6) Vs Guillermo ALCAIDE (ESP) (2)
Some solid matches there. I’ll be back to preview them in depth soon. Shaping up to be a very interesting tournament!