Tirante advances to quarter-finals at Ambato Challenger
AMBATO/STARNBERG, October 21, 2022
Last year’s finalists Thiago Tirante from Argentina and Juan Pablo Varillas from Peru, as well as from Argentina Mena Faculty and Colombian Nicolas Mejiaqualified for the quarter-finals of Ambato La Gran Ciudadan ATP Challenger Tour 80 tournament that runs until Sunday in Ecuador.
World No. 258 Tirante beat New Zealand qualifier Kiranpal Pannu 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes on Thursday, confirming how much he loves Center Court at Club Tungurahua.
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“I feel very comfortable, I know where the spaces are, it’s a much bigger pitch than the other two, but I feel very comfortable, it gives me a lot of confidence. going step by step and be able to play more matches like this”, said the defending champion.
Tirante will next face his compatriot and No. 4 seed Mena Facultywho beat the local wild card entry Andres Andrade 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes.
Breaking Argentina’s dominance is Peru’s top seed Varillas, who beat the Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard in two tie breaks, 7-6(6), 7-6(4) after an hour and 40 minutes.
World No. 123, Varillas knows that these ATP points here are vital in his aspirations to finish the season in the Top 100 and thus secure his entry into the main draw of the Australian Open 2023.
“Yeah, I think that’s a big goal I have for this year, trying to finish in the Top 100 and start the year in the best way, playing in the main draw in Australia,” Varillas said.
Last year’s runner-up will face the Colombian Nicolas Mejia in the quarter-finals, who beat jorge panta of Peru 6-3, 6-4. The meeting lasted one hour and 34 minutes.
Singles – Second round
Juan Pablo Varillas PER defeated. Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard FR 7-6(6), 7-6(4)
Facundo Mena ARG defeated. Andrés Andrade ECU 6-3, 6-4
Thiago Tirante ARG defeated. Kiranpal Pannu NZL 6-2, 6-2
Nicolás Mejía COL def. Jorge Panta BY 6-3, 6-4
Doubles – Quarter-finals
N. Balaji IND/J. Nedunchezhiyan IND def. A.Andrade ECU/T. McCormick United States Adj
B. Arias BOL/F. Zeballos BOL defeats. C. Huertas del Pino PER/A. Huertas Del Pino Cordoba BY 7-6(5), 6-4
Tavern S. Rodriguez ARG/T. Tirante ARG beats. C. Markes United States/K. Pannu NZL 7-6(3), 6-2