Alcaraz wins at Rio Open, eyes race with Djokovic for No. 1
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the second round of the Rio Open after he closed out the final two games of a match suspended the day before because of rain.
The 19-year-old defending champion beat Brazilian player Mateus Alves 6-4, 6-4 and will next face Fabio Fognini, who defeated Tomas Barrios Vera 6-2, 6-3 at the clay court tournament.
Last year’s runner-up Diego Schwartzman was knocked out by Serbian player Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-4. Lajovic will next face compatriot Laslo Djere.
Fourth-seeded Francisco Cerundolo beat Roberto Carballes Baena 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and will meet Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the next round.