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Brazil's Fonseca becomes 1st player born in 2006 to win ATP tour match

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joao Fonseca became the first player born in 2006 to win an ATP tour-level match when the 17-year-old Brazilian beat seventh-seeded Arthur Fils 6-0, 6-4 at the Rio Open on Wednesday.

Fonseca defeated the No. 36-ranked Frenchman in front of raucous fans at the clay court tournament in Rio de Janeiro. He knelt on the court in tears to celebrate.

"This is where I belong. I want to be in these huge stadiums," said Fonseca, who won the U.S. Open boys singles title last year. "Now it is all about focusing on the process."

His opponent in the round of 16 will be Christian Garin of Chile.

Fonseca's victory brought some new energy for local fans, who saw three of the title favorites crash out Tuesday.

Carlos Alcaraz abandoned his match against Brazil's Thiago Monteiro due to an ankle injury; three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka lost to Argentina's Facundo Diaz Acosta in straight sets; and Chile's Nicolas Jarry was knocked out by Germany's Yannick Hanfmann in three sets.

Fourth-seeded Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-1.

Later Wednesday, second-seeded and defending champion Cameron Norrie will take on Chile's Tomas Barrios Vera for a place among the last eight.


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