Montanes progresses in Brazil

By James Mason.   Last Updated: 09/02/10 8:55pm

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Montanes: One step closer

Montanes: One step closer

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Spaniard moves into second round of Brasil Open

Albert Montanes eased through the first round of the Brasil Open on Tuesday, with the second seed defeating German Simon Greul 6-2 7-6.

The 29-year-old produced a solid display to progress to the second stage of the tournament.

Montanes looked comfortable in the opening stages of the match and quickly claimed the first set 6-2.

Gruel did begin to battle back and forced the duo into a tie-break, but it was the Spaniard who proved too much to handle breezing through 7-2

A second-round clash with fellow countryman Oscar Hernandez may now be on the cards, depending on whether the 31-year-old can beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot.

Another Spaniard who successfully made it to the next stage is Daniel Gimeno-Traver, the 24-year-old beat compatriot Santiago Ventura 7-6 (9/7) 6-1.

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