Ruud reaches semifinals of Argentina Open; rain stops play

Diego Schwartzman and his Argentinian compatriot Francisco Cerundolo, the two finalists of last year's edition, were 1-1 in the third set when play was suspended due to rain. The match will continue Saturday morning.

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates at the end of an Argentina Open tennis game against Federico Coria of Argentina, at the Guillermo Vilas Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   -  AP

Top-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway advanced to the semifinals of the Argentina Open on Friday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win against home-crowd favourite Federico Coria.

He'll play another Argentinian on Saturday, sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis, who beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the fourth seed, 6-4, 6-4.

Third-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy topped Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-6 (4). His rival for a place in Sunday's final is still unknown because of rain in Buenos Aires.

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Second-seeded and defending champion Diego Schwartzman and his Argentinian compatriot Francisco Cerundolo, the two finalists of last year's edition, were 1-1 in the third set when play was suspended.

Schwartzman, ranked the 15th-best player in the circuit, won the second set 6-2 after losing the first to Cerundolo 6-3. The match will continue Saturday morning.

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