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Casper Ruud advances to 3rd round at Barcelona Open

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2022 - Day Two

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 19: Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates victory following their first round match against Brandon Nakashima of United States during Day Two of Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2022 at Real Club De Tenis Barcelona on April 19, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Second-seeded Casper Ruud defeated American Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Barcelona Open.

Ruud, seeking his second title of the season after winning in Argentina in February, broke serve four times to comfortably get past his 81st-ranked opponent.

Ruud reached his maiden Masters 1000 final in Miami in March, losing to Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

Sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 6-2 to set up a rematch against Lorenzo Musetti, who advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (8) win over 12th-seeded Daniel Evans.

The 15th-ranked Schwartzman defeated Musetti in the round of 16 at Monte Carlo before losing to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.

Tsitsipas, the top-seeded player in Barcelona, will make his debut in this year’s tournament against 44th-ranked Ilya Ivashka.

Fourth-seeded Cameron Norrie advanced by defeating qualifier Egor Gerasimov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

American Sebastian Korda lost to Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner 6-3, 6-0.