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Alcaraz wins at Rio Open, eyes race with Djokovic for No. 1

ATP 500 Rio de Janeiro 2023

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 22: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain plays a forehand against Mateus Alves of Brazil during day three of ATP 500 Rio Open presented by Claro at Jockey Club Brasileiro on February 22, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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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.