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Almagro through to quarters

Nicolas Almagro is safely through to the quarter-finals of the Royal Guard Open after the third seed defeated Martin Alund of Argentina 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday.

The Spaniard's victory was his first competitive match in more than three months after a shoulder injury forced him to miss Sydney and the Australian Open.

Of his 12 titles on the ATP Tour, all on clay, six were on the Latin America swing, the most of any player. He is bidding to win his first in Chile after success in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

He will face first-time ATP quarter-finalist Daniel Taro, who beat eighth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (8/6).

Qualifier

Taro, a Japanese player who entered as a qualifier, was born in New York but trains in Valencia where he learned the clay-court game.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy was a winner in straight sets. The number five seed got the better of Spain's Pablo Carreno (Spain) 6-3 7-6 (7/5).

Unseeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain beat Hector Zeballos of Argentina 6-2 6-4.

In late match top seed Fabio Fognini of Italy is up against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia.