South American double in the Challenger of Quito. The Chilean Gonzalo Lama, No. 417 in the world, and the Argentine Facundo Mena (322 ° in the ATP ranking) were the ones who celebrated on the day of the quarterfinals on the Ecuadorian clay and got into the semifinals, both after beating Albiceleste rivals.
The experience had its weight in the height of Quito. Lama, 28, defeated Thiago Tirante (267th), seventh seeded, 20, 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (4).
Thus, the Chilean advanced to his first semifinal of this year at the Challengers level, since he came from climbing rounds but in minor tournaments. In a semifinal on Saturday, Lama will face the Spanish Pol Tiffon (453 °), executioner of Argentine Juan Pablo Ficovich (247 °), eighth seed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Mena, 28, being the sixth seed in the Quito tournament, beat his compatriot Genaro Olivieri (349 °), 23, 6-4, 6-0.
On Saturday, Mena will face Frenchman Alexis Gautier (444th) from qualifying in his third semifinal of 2021 in a Challenger.