Diego Schwartzman (Rio Open/Fotojump) For the third weekend in a row, Diego Schwartzman secured a spot at the semifinals of an ATP Tour event. With the sun shining at Jockey Club Brasileiro, he survived a 3-hour and 33 minutes battle against Pablo Andujar and scored 7/6 (3), 4/6 and 6/4. 2018 champion at the Rio Open, the third seed will now take on Francisco Cerundolo also this Saturday, at Quadra Guga Kuerten, not before 5pm (local time), in an all-Argentinian semifinal. Schwartzman won both previous encounters they had, both in Buenos Aires. Last one was a week ago, at the quarterfinals of the tournament. “Sorry Brazil, but the good thing is that there’s going to be an Argentinian in the final”, he joked after the long match against Andujar. "When you play such a long and tough match like this it becomes a very physical and emotional match. I’m extremely happy to have won and I hope I can rest properly before stepping up at the court for the semifinal." Schwartzman came into Rio after two strong results on home soil with a semifinal in Cordoba and runner-up in Buenos Aires, where he lost to Casper Ruud. This will be the Argentine second semifinal in Rio _in 2018 he defeated Fernando Verdasco on the way to the tittle. It is also his first ATP 500 semi-final since reaching the 2019 Vienna final (lost to number 5 Dominic Thiem). Cerundulo secured his sixth career semifinal after defeating Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 5/7, 6/2 and 6/4. Playing an ATP 500 for the first time, this semifinal is also a milestone in his career.  “I'm really happy, I still can't believe it. This

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Gonzales/Molteni (Rio Open/Fotojump) Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and Argentinian Andres Molteni cruised past Italians Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori by 2 sets to 0 (7/5 and 6/4), this Saturday, and secured the last remaining spot at this year's Rio Open semifinal. They will now face the Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli this Saturday, not before 5 pm. They will have to play twice today because of the rain that disrupted Friday's matches and postponed the to Saturday at Jockey Club Brasileiro. Gonzalez and Molteni come from two titles in a row, at the ATP in Buenos Aires and in Córdoba. Playing together they have four titles, and this is their first appearance at the Rio Open as partners. Fognini and Bolelli won three titles together, the most important being the 2015 Australian Open. In 2017, they partnered at the Rio Open and lost in the first round. In the other semifinal, this Saturday, Brazilian Bruno Soares and Briton Jamie Murray will face the 2020 champions, Argentine Horacio Zeballos and Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
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Fabio Fognini (Rio Open/Fotojump) As the rain disrupted most of the Friday's matches at the Rio Open presented by Claro, all the quarterfinals were postponed for Saturday. The semifinals of the tournament will also take place on the same day. With that, players that clinch the semis will have to play twice in order to secure a spot at Sunday's final. First match of the day, at noon (local time), at Quadra Guga Kuerten, will oppose 2018 champion and third seed in 2022, Diego Schwartzman, and Spanish Pablo Andujar. The Argentinian, runner-up in Buenos Aires last Sunday, won the only previous encounter they had, in 2015, in Winston-Salem.  Schwartzman, who was also a semifinalist in Cordoba, two weeks ago, is appearing in his third Rio quarterfinals in six appearances. Andujar is aiming for his second Rio semifinal in Rio. The winner of this match will then take on either Francisco Cerundolo or Miomir Kecmanovic, who are playing at the same time at Quadra 1. Cerundolo, 23, broke into the Top 100 this week for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Serbian came from qualifying and is playing in his first quarter-final since Belgrade in April 2021. It will be a rematch of last week’s second round in Buenos Aires where the Argentinean won 6/3, 3/6 and 6/2. Next, not before 3pm (local time), at Quadra Guga Kuerten, will be the anticipated rematch of the Australian Open's third round thriller between Matteo Berrettini and Carlos Alcaraz. Top seed at this year’s edition of the Rio Open, Berrettini won in Melbourne. The Italian is making his debut in Rio and playing for the first time since reaching the semifinals of

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Carlos Alcaraz (Rio Open/Fotojump) About 28 hours after it was suspended due to the rain, Carlos Alcaraz and Federico Delbonis finally resumed the only second round match still remaining to be played at the Rio Open presented by Claro. As the rain disrupted most of Day 5, it was 12:45am of Saturday when they were able to hit Quadra Guga Kuerten and pick up from where they stopped: Alcaraz led by 5/4.  #NextGenATP star then needed one hour to win by 6/4 and 7/6 (1) and will now take on Matteo Berrettini at the quarterfinals at Jockey Club Brasileiro, this Saturday, not before 3pm.  It will be a rematch of the third round of the Australian Open, when the Italian managed to hold off a comeback from the young player to win in five sets. “Today was a though day, we were waiting for a long time, we didn’t know if we were going to play or not and ended up starting the match at almost 1am. But I’m happy with the level I played and excited to play my first quarterfinal here in Rio”, said Alcaraz, the youngest member of the Top 200 of the ATP Rankings at number 29. This will be the third time he will face Berrettini _the Italian won in Melbourne and Alcaraz prevailed in Vienna.  "Everyone knows the level of Matteo, he’s a top 10. We played twice, both on hard court. I think on clay it’s going to be different that it was in Melbourne because the serve won’t play such an important part. We played great battles, so I’m really excited to play him again.” Seventh seed at the Rio Open, Alcaraz

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Matteo Berrettini (Rio Open/Fotojump) Matteo Berrettini finally made his debut at the Rio Open and took out Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in a match that started at 2:30pm and finished at 11:35pm after a six-hour long pause due to rain. Top seed at the tournament, the Italian powered into the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 in a match that was postponed from Thursday. Ranked sixth in the world, Berrettini needed two hours and 51 minutes to beat Monteiro by 6/4, 6/7 (6) and 6/3 in their first encounter. Playing on clay for the first time since the quarterfinals in Roland Garros, the 25-year-old had no problems to win the first set. But Monteiro wasn’t willing to give up that fast and the second set was a thriller. The Italian was down 4/1 but manage to take the set to the tie-break.  Monteiro then saved two match points to win the set. And then, when Berrettini was leading by 4/3 with a break point in his hand, the rain hit again. After a three-hour wait they went back to the court but the rain came back stronger. After three more hour the match finally resumed.  “I'm really happy win the win today, it was a long match in the end and Thiago played a really good match, he was really solid in the right things. I expected him to play well, at home, in front of the crowd, so I’m really happy I got through. Of course I was a bit frustrated because I had two match points and could be in my room already, but it is what it is. When you play on clay and in this conditions, when it’s

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Wilson® is the official ball of the Rio Open as well as Roland Garros'. It was designed specifically for clay courts. The partnership with the largest tennis tournament in South America is based on working together to improve the experience of the tournament for all the fans and implementing new initiatives in the sport. The deal is a perfect example of the tournament's strategy of selecting innovative and dynamic partners. Wilson also brought its renowned team of stringers to the Rio Open to ensure top-notch service for players throughout the tournament. “We at Wilson Brasil are very proud of the partnership because we believe we can strengthen the work we do together to promote and reinforce tennis in the country”, said Andrés Alzugaray, president of Winners Brasil Produtos Esportivos. “This partnership with Rio Open is incredibly exciting for Wilson in Brazil,” added Caroline Gomes, Marketing Manager for Winners Brazil. “We are aligned with the global commitment to support sports practice with a focus on youth and encourage the next generation, so this is a partnership that is very authentic in its essence because we know of the commitment of the Rio Open in supporting institutional projects and seek the development of our sport.” During the tournament, Wilson has a concept store, where visitors can learn more about the brand and its vision of the future of tennis in Brazil, in addition to choosing from a wide collection of innovative products that combine elegance and high performance, including the official Rio Open ball, tennis balls, rackets, strings, backpacks, rackets and accessories. Tennis fans will still have the opportunity to buy products from the Roland Garros' special edition and also Minions during

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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (Rio Open/Fotojump) Third seed at the Rio Open presented by Claro, Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray marched on to the semifinals of the tournament this Friday after defeating Benoit Paire (FRA) abd Albert Ramos Vinolas by 6/3 and 6/4. After being suspended on Thursday, the match resumed just before rain hit the Jockey Club Brasileiro once again.  Two-time Grand Slam winner, the duo will now face defending champions Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers on the semifinals. The current champions didn’t even have to play this Friday to secure a spot in the semis because their opponent Pablo Carreno Busta, who was playing alongside Carlos Alcaraz, due to abdominal pain. “It was a great match. They were a bit distracted yesterday so we were able to open up a good advantage and then today they came back stronger. But we played really and to be honest I think this is the edition I’ve been feeling and playing better”, said Soares, who’s playing his sixth semifinal in Rio _he never won the tournament. “It's always great to play here in Rio, the crowd is always cheering on us, they like tennis and the energy is just fantastic”, added the 39-year-old Brazilian, who’s playing alongside Murray for the third time in Rio. As for the clash against top seeds Zeballos and Granollers, Soares believes it’s going to be a close match. “They are the current champions and have been playing well. We’ve played a few times against them in the past years and they were all really close.
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Rio Open/Fotojump Day 4 of the Rio Open presented by Claro was disrupted by the rain and only three of the eight matches that were scheduled to take place at Jockey Club Brasileiro resumed this Thursday. With that, two second-round matches (one had already started) and all the quarterfinals will take place on Friday. The anticipated clash between top seed Matteo Berrettini and Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, for the second round, will now take place this Friday, at Quadra Guga Kuerten, starting at 2:30 pm (local time). It will be the Italian's debut at the event since he received a bye at the first round. Ranked 6 in the world, Berrettini will play for the first time since the semifinals of the Australian Open, in January. The winner will then have to play the quarterfinal a few hours later, at the same court, against Carlos Alcaraz or Federico Delbonis. The NextGen star and the Argentinian had their second round match suspended due to the rain and it will resume playing this Friday. Alcaraz led the match by 5/4. Also playing the quarterfinals this Friday at Jockey Club Brasileiro is 2018 Rio Open champion, Diego Schwartzman. The Argentinian, runner-up in Buenos Aires last Sunday, faces Spaniard Pablo Andujar. It will be their second matchup. Schwartzman, third seed in Rio, won the only other match, in 2015, in Winston-Salem. The winner of this quarterfinal will then take on either Francisco Cerundolo or Miomir Kecmanovic, who are playing at Quadra 1 in another quarterfinal match. And the remaining clash to be played will oppose Fabio Fognini and Federico Coria. The quarterfinal match will be the last one of the day at Quadra 1 this Friday.

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Casper Ruud (Rio Open/Fotojump) Just a few minutes before his debut, second seed Casper Ruud withdrew from this edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro. Coming from the title in Buenos Aires last Sunday, the Norwegian suffered an abdominal injury and could not face Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo at the second round. Lucky loser Roberto Carballes Baena, from Spain, took his place. "It was one movement I made in the final last week, when playing against Diego [Schwartzman], in one of the last two games. I did a twist that caused a strain in my abdomen. The tournament here in Rio was really nice to me, they gave me a Thursday debut to give more time to recover but unfortunately it was not enough time”, said Ruud, currently ranked 8 in the world. "It's a shame because I was really looking forward to play in Rio again. This is one of the tournaments I had great results before and have a lot of good memories. But at the end of the day you have to think about the future and not make it worse, so I had to listen to my body. It’s a long year and I  don’t want to make the problem worse because a strain can became a tear and I really don’t want that. Luckily it’s a muscle problem, but now I have to rest and let my body heal.” This was supposed to be Ruud’s fifth appearance at the Rio Open. The Norwegian has a run to the semifinals in 2017 as his best result in Brazil.
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Diego Schwartzman (Rio Open/Fotojump) 2018 Rio Open champion Diego Schwartzan powered in to the second round of the 2022 edition of the carioca tournament this Wednesday. Runner-up at the Buenos Aires Open last Sunday, the Argentinian defeated Pedro Martinez, from Spain, by 6/1 and 6/1. Even though the third game of the first set lasted more that 24 minutes, Schwartzman needed one hour and 33 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals in Rio and became the only former champion still standing. "I’m a bit tired from Buenos Aires still and the match started really late today, but I’m happy with this win, it was really important to me. I played well and I’m happy to have reached the quarters once again here in Rio. I have fond memories of Rio, receiving the trophy from Guga Kuerten, it’s always special. It was a long day. I love playing at night but today was a bit too late for me”, said Schwartzman, who hit the court at around 11pm (local time). Number three seed in Rio, he now faces Spaniard Pablo Andujar at the quarterfinals.  “He is a great player and does really well on big tournaments. He played well in Buenos Aires and is doing well here as well. I love how tennis. It’s gonna be a tough match but I believe that if I can play as I did today it’s gonna be hard for him to beat me.” DOUBLES After coming back to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in a 3-hour match at the singles’draw, Fabio Fognini was back on court a little over one hour later to get his second win of the day. Playing alongside fellow Italian Simone

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