Bellucci loses in Rio Open first round

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Rio de Janeiro, Feb 17 (IANS) Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci squandered a lead to lose to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round of the ATP Rio Open.

In a rain interrupted game on Tuesday, Bellucci, ranked 32nd in the world, won the first set 7-6, before his European opponent turned it around 7-5, 6-2, reports Xinhua.

The third set was particularly disappointing for the Brazilian who, after opening with a two-game advantage, lost six games in a row for a premature exit.

Meanwhile, defending champion David Ferrer got off to a winning start by defeating Chilean Nicolas Jarry. The Spaniard will meet compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the last 16.

There were two surprises in the first round, with the American pair of John Isner and Jack Sock falling at the first hurdle.

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Italian Fabio Fognini comfortably saw off Brit Aljaz Bedene to make it through to the next round.

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