Top seed Lopez hits 10 aces in beating Gonzalez in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain hit 10 aces in defeating Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 7-5, 6-2 to reach the Ecuador Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
Lopez, coming off a fourth-round effort at the Australian Open, avenged a loss to Gonzalez last April in Houston.
The Quito event is the first in a month of ATP and WTA clay-court tournaments across Latin America. Quito is at 2,800 meters (9,350 feet), a challenge for players unaccustomed to the thin air in the Andes.