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Santiago Challenger tennis live | Simone Bolelli faces fourth seed Taro Daniel in quarter-finals

Alex Burton in Challengers 9 Mar 2017
  • Fourth seed Taro Daniel faces Italian veteran Simone Bolelli and more from quarterfinals day at the Cachantun Open Challenger 
  • Cachantun Open Challenger tennis is live from Santiago on Thursday from 1pm local/4pm GMT
Simone Bolelli (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

The Santiago Challenger has already seen its fair amount of shocks, as just three seeds remain going into the quarter-finals in the Chilean capital. Inigo Cervantes, Gerald Melzer, Alessandro Giannessi, Arthur De Greef, and Nicolas Kicker have all been early casualties of a highly unpredictable draw so far. 

Thursday's quarter-finals preview and predictions:

Guido Andreozzi vs (Q) Guilherme Clezar: Both of these players may be unseeded, but both are no strangers to this level of competition, especially in a clay Challenger. These two have surprisingly met only once before on clay, given that they both frequent clay Challengers in South America. Clezar was the winner that day back in 2013 in straight sets. Both impressed in tight wins over seeds in the second round. Andreozzi beat fifth seed Arthur De Greef, whilst Clezar came from a set down to defeat second seed Nicolas Kicker. Andreozzi was forced to retire in his last two events, and though he appears to have beaten the injury, it still leaves lingering doubts over the Argentine particularly after such a tough second round match. Pick: Guilherme Clezar.

(8) Joao Souza vs (WC) Nicolas Jarry: It is not often that a seed is an underdog before a quarter-final in a Challenger, but that is the fate that Souza arguably suffered in his second round meeting with young Norwegian Casper Ruud. Souza was able to edge the youngster in three, close sets. Jarry rallied on home soil to defeat Gerald Melzer's conqueror Maximo Gonzalez in straight sets. Jarry has had a helpful draw to this stage, but Souza is a formidable opponent in these draws. 
Pick: Joao Souza.

(4) Taro Daniel vs (PR) Simone Bolelli: The Italian Bolelli scored an excellent win over the out-of-form Leonardo Mayer in round two, signalling a return to some level of form after a lengthy absence. He faces his second seed of the tournament after defeating Alessandro Giannessi via retirement in the first round. Daniel surprisingly struggled with Federico Coria in the first round. The Japanese looked much better in his last match though, dropping only four games against Christian Garin. Bolelli's match practice will be tested if this match is a long one, as his win over Mayer took two and a half hours. Pick: Taro Daniel.

(1) Rogerio Dutra Silva vs (Q) Christian Lindell: The draw must now stand up and take notice of qualifier Lindell. The Swede has beaten two respected clay Challenger players in sixth seed Inigo Cervantes and Marco Cecchinato already. He now faces top seed Rogerio Dutra Silva, who has dropped eleven games in his first two matches combined. Lindell's form suggests he is playing much higher than his current ranking of No.389 though, and Dutra Silva should progress, but he must be wary. Pick: Rogerio Dutra Silva.

Cachantun Open Challenger tennis is live from Santiago from 1pm local/4pm GMT on Thursday

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Santiago Challenger tennis live | Simone Bolelli faces fourth seed Taro Daniel in quarter-finals

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