RIO DE JANEIRO, February 22, 2018
Nicolas Jarry and Diego Schwartzman are the first two players to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open Presented by Claro. Jarry knocked out the tournament’s No. 4 Albert Ramos-Vinolas from Spain 7-5, 6-3 on a rain-interrupted Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Chilean broke his opponent’s serve four times to advance in one hour and 42 minutes.
“I’m happy to pull it over. I was getting very nervous,” Jarry said after reaching the stage of the final eight at ATP World Tour-level for the first time. “The last game that I broke him he didn’t have too much energy. I also lowered mine and I didn’t keep my focus on the things I had to do. A couple of big errors almost cost me that second set.
“It’s a tough match, Albert is one of the best clay-court players in the present. He’s a great guy and I’m very happy to be in the quarterfinals.”
The World No. 94 will next challenge the winner of the encounter between No. 7 seed Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and Gastao Elias of Portugal.
Schwartzman emerged victorious from the all-Argentine-affair with Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-3. The 25-year-old from Buenos Aires capitalized on six of his nine break point chances to prevail after one hour and 16 minutes.
Next up for Schwarztman will either be top seed Marin Cilic or Frenchman Gael Monfils.
The match between the two was suspended after Monfils had clinched the opening set 6-3 and with the pair locked at 7-7 in the tie-break of the second.