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Sousa upsets Ramos-Vinolas in Classic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/01/2017 Angelo Risso

Joao Sousa of Portugal plays a forehand in his match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017 © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Joao Sousa of Portugal plays a forehand in his match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017 Portuguese world No.44 Joao Sousa has dumped Spanish fifth-seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas out of the ASB Classic with a 6-1 7-5 victory.

Ramos-Vinolas looked well off the pace in Auckland despite his high seeding, struggling to cope with Sousa's service and forehand game.

After romping to the first set with two service breaks, the 27-year-old Sousa broke quickly in the second but was pegged back to leave the set poised at 5-5.

With all on the line, Sousa then snared his second service break on the back of Ramos-Vinolas' unforced errors, and served out the match against his training buddy.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain plays a backhand in his match against Joao Sousa of Portugal during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017 © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain plays a backhand in his match against Joao Sousa of Portugal during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017 "I practice with him a lot at home," the Barcelona-based Sousa said.

"I'm very happy that I won, because he's a very good player."

He'll now go on to play British player Brydan Klein in the second round after the world No.247 defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3).

Thumping Bagnis in the first set, the fiery Klein wasted four match points in the second-set tiebreak before eventually getting it right in the decider.

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