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Garín reaches Chile Open quarterfinals; Londero out

Brazil Rio Open Tennis

Chile’s Cristian Garin returns the ball to Italy’s Gianluca Mager during the final match at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Luciano Belford)


SANTIAGO, Chile — Homecrowd favorite Cristian Garín made fans suffer Thursday, but advanced to the Chile Open quarterfinals after a hard-fought match against 20-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.

Garin, the top seed in Santiago coming off a victory Sunday in the Rio Open, beat Fokina 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (4). Garin struggled with back pain in the final two sets.

His next adversary will be Brazilian Thiago Wild, who earlier topped fifth-seeded Juan Ignácio Londero of Argentina 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Third-seeded Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain and No. 8 Thiago Monteiro of Brazil will face off in another quarterfinal.

Vinolas beat Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas 7-6 (3), 6-2, and Monteiro overcame Spaniard Roberto Carballés Baena 6-1, 6-4.