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Spain's Andujar advances to Rio Open last 16

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-02-18 16:33
Pablo Andujar of Spain smiles on the court on day eight of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, NY, US, Sep 2, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

RIO DE JANEIRO - Spaniard Pablo Andujar beat compatriot Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to advance to the last 16 of the Rio Open on Monday.

Andujar prevailed 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 28 minutes on the outdoor clay of the Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro.

The 34-year-old's next opponent will be another Spaniard, Pedro Martinez, who advanced by overcoming Bolivian Hugo Dellien 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

In other matches on Monday, Chile's Cristian Garin beat Slovakia's Andrej Martin 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, Argentinian Federico Delbonis overcame Roberto Carballes 6-2, 6-4 and Federico Coria, also of Argentina, defeated Frenchman Corentin Moutet 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.

The Rio Open is the only ATP 500 event in South America, offering total prize money of 1.92 million US dollars.

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