Victor Estrella Burgos and his quest for a fourth consecutive Ecuador Open crown remains on track after rallying to beat Thomaz Bellucci in the opening round.
Three-time defending champion and Dominican sixth seed Burgos - who was swept aside by Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open last month - survived in Quito on Monday, prevailing 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Burgos dropped the first set against Bellucci but battled back to claim his fourth successive victory over the Brazilian at the ATP 250 event in the Ecuadorean capital.
The one-hour, 55-minute clash denied Bellucci his 200th tour-level win as Burgos looks ahead to either Gerald Melzer or Marco Cecchinato in the second round.
Play Bellucci in Quito for the 4th straight year-- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) February 6, 2018
Beat Bellucci in Quito for the 4th straight year
Win a fourth title @EcuadorOpen250
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Elsewhere, French teenager Corentin Moutet claimed his first ATP World Tour match victory by outlasting Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.
Casper Ruud also progressed to the second round with a 7-5 6-0 win against Carlos Berlocq.
Qualifier Andrej Martin defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-5 6-4, while Pablo Andujar went down 6-4 5-7 7-5 to Stefano Travaglia.