Another seed bites the dust in Rio as Diego Schwartzman retires
Diego Schwartzman became the seventh seed to fail to make it out of the first round at the Rio Open as the Argentine was forced to retire from his clash against Pablo Cuevas.
The weather-interrupted match started on Tuesday, but Cuevas was always in charge against the defending champion as he was leading 3-0 when the match was suspended.
And he continued that form when play resumed on Wednesday as he was up 6-1, 4-1 when the second-seeded Schwartzman retired with a right leg injury.
It means fifth seed Joao Sousa from Portugal is the only seed left in the draw.
Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie’s run is also over after he came out second best in a tight 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) scoreline against Jaume Munar.
“I’m feeling happy for the win, but I also know I have to improve in a lot of things,” Spaniard Munar said.
“I had many chances in the second, also chances before the tie-break in the final set. My sentence in my head was just battle for every point.”
He will take on Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-final after the Canadian teenager secured a 7-5, 6-4 win over Chile’s Christian Garin.
Hugo Dellien, meanwhile, continued his “dream run” as he reached the quarter-final with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Roberto Carballes Baena.
“This week has been a dream to me. The past two I struggled, trying to qualify in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, and now I’m playing the quarter-finals of an ATP 500 event,” Dellien, who on Monday became the first Bolivian male player to win an ATP Tour match in 35 years, said.
“It’s been a long time since Bolivia had a tennis player winning matches so this means a lot to me and my country.
“I’m really happy and extremely proud. I never thought people would travel to Rio to see me play. My goal for this year was to be a Top 100 player, and now I guess I can dream about the Top 50.”
Aljaz Bedene stands between Dellien and a semi-final place after the Slovenian beat Thiago Monteiro from Brazil 6-3, 6-4.
More from Tennis365:
Andy Murray gives fitness update after men’s doubles win and explains why he ‘loves’ the Olympics
Andy Murray happy to prioritise men’s doubles at Olympics.
No complacency from Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury as they look to join Britain’s medal rush at Olympics
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury into the men’s doubles quarter-finals.
Naomi Osaka admits she ‘didn’t really know how to cope with Olympics pressure’
Naomi Osaka’s gold medal dreams at Tokyo 2020 over.
High praise for Carlos Alcaraz as Richard Gasquet declares ‘he has the potential to win in a Grand Slam’
Richard Gasquet highlights Carlos Alcaraz’s impressive tennis features.
Naomi Osaka ‘sad’ after crashing out of Tokyo 2020, but ‘really happy with first Olympic experience’
Osaka had hoped to become the first Japanese tennis player to win Olympic gold.
‘We are also human,’ says Iga Swiatek after breaking down following exit from singles at Tokyo Olympics
An emotional exit from Tokyo Games for Iga Swiatek.
The Novak Djokovic steamroller reaches third round at Olympics as Serbian finds ‘a higher level of tennis’
Novak Djokovic four wins away from Olympic gold.
‘It was a tough match for us,’ says Jamie Murray after losing doubles at Olympics alongside Neal Skupski
No medal for Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski at Tokyo Games.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 youngest ATP Tour title winners: Andy Murray celebrating with a kiss and Lleyton Hewitt quitting school
Your top 10 youngest ATP Tour title winners.
‘It’s amazing,’ says Carlos Alcaraz as he follows in Rafael Nadal’s footsteps by capturing an ATP title at 18
An ATP Tour title for Carlos Alcaraz at just 18.