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Granollers suffers surprise exit

Marcel Granollers' bid to become the Brasil Open champion ended on Thursday as he lost his second-round match to Martin Klizan in Sao Paulo.

Spain have provided the last six champions of this event, with Rafael Nadal last year following in the footsteps of three-time winner Nicolas Almagro, plus Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo, but Granollers will not be joining them.

The 27-year-old, who has tasted doubles success in the competition in the past, was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Slovakian Klizan.

There was another Spanish casualty on Wednesday as well with Albert Ramos losing to fourth-seeded Argentinian Juan Monaco.

Ramos made it tough for Monaco but the world number 43 battled through 7-5 (7/4) 2-6 7-5 in a match that lasted nearly three hours, and he will face Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the quarter-finals.

Lorenzi needed just 71 minutes to defeat Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4 6-3 in his second-round clash.