Ranked number two, Casper Rudd has successfully started the claycourt fight for the ATP 500 Championship in Barcelona. Diego Schwartzman and Lorenzo Mosetti, who played for Monte Carlo a few days ago, will play in the third round.

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The first match of the second round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2022 Singles Tournament took place on Tuesday, and the ranked players joined the action. Casper Rudd, marked by a “2”, had no problems making it to the 1/8 finals. The Norwegian beat American Brandon Nakashima 6:3, 6:2 with confidence.

Overall, it was a very good match. It was tough for me in the first set, but at the start of the second half I was able to get a quick break. Brandon is playing hard and is one of the younger tennis players on the tour, so it’s been a challenge, said Rudd (quote from the ATP). The Finn defeated Spain’s young Feliciano Lopez 6:0, 6:1 in the first round.

In the third round of the tournament in Barcelona, ​​there will be a second match for last week’s Monte Carlo event. Diego Schwartzman and Lorenzo Mussetti will face each other. seeded with a “six,” Argentine-American Mackenzie MacDonald defeated 6:2, 6:2 on Tuesday. On the other hand, the Italian has already achieved the second win over the Catalan meal, because he sent off Sebastian Baez on Monday, and on Tuesday, British driver Daniel Evans (6:4, 7:6) got the No. 12 (6:4, 7:6). Schwartzman has a 1-1 budget with Musetti in the main series. In 2021, he lost to the mighty Italy international in Acapulco, but did better in Monte Carlo last week.

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Cameron Nouri, who took the number four, also advanced to the 1/8 finals of the competition in Barcelona. The Briton turned the match and defeated Belarusian Igor Gerasimov 5:7, 6:4, 6:4. Lorenzo Sonego, seeded from “11”, also qualified for the next stage. The Italian did not give Elias Ymir a chance by beating the Swede 6:4, 6:2.

On Tuesday, the first round competitions were also concluded. He faced the Greek opponent, ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas. And the Monte Carlo champion will meet, on Wednesday, with Belarusian Ilya Iwasca, who overthrew the Spaniard Pedro Martinez. The American Sebastian Korda, who showed his good team in Monaco, suffered a painful defeat, but in Barcelona he scored only three matches against Carlos Taberner, and the Spaniard will cross the speculator with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Hungarian Marton Fukowicz, France’s Ugo Humbert, Bolivian Hugo Delain and South African Lloyd Harris also took victories in the opening.

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)
ATP 500, clay courts, prize pool of 2.661 million euros
Tuesday 19 April

Second round of singles:

Cameron Norrie (GB 4) bt Yegor Gerasimow (Q) 5:7 6:4 6:4
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 6) beat Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Lorenzo Mussetti (Italy) beat Daniel Evans (UK, 12), 6-4, 7-6 (8).
Lorenzo Sonego (Italy 11) beat Elias Ymir (Sweden) 6-4, 6-2
Casper Ruud (Norway 2) defeated Brandon Nakashima, 6-3, 6-2

First round of singles:

Elijah Iwachka – Pedro Martinez (Spain) 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Marton Fukowicz (Hungary) – Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6:4, 6:2
Ugo Humbert (France) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 6-4, 6-3
Lloyd Harris (South Africa) beat Roberto Karpeles (Spain) 6-4, 7-6 (0).
Hugo Delane (Bolivia) beat Manuel Gennard (France, L.P.) 6-4, 7-5
Carlos Taberner (Spain, Q) vs Sebastian Korda (US) 6-3, 6-0
Emil Rossovoori (Finland) – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-0, 6-1

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a lot for free: Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 1); Casper Rudd (Norway, 2); Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 3 / WC); Cameron Norrie (UK, 4 years old); Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 5); Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 6); Pablo Carreno (Spain, 8); Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia, 9); Alex de Minaur (Australia, 10); Lorenzo Sonego (Italy, 11); Daniel Evans (UK, 12); Francis Tiafoe (USA, 13); Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 14); Federico Delbones (Argentina, 15); Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan, 16); Albert Ramos (Spain, 17 years old)

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