Casper Ruud advances to Argentina Open quarterfinals

Ruud, the 8th-best ranked tennis player in the circuit, will face local favourite Federico Coria, who earlier beat fifth-seeded Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates after winning a match against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Top-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway defeated Spain's Roberto Carballés Baena 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Argentina Open.

Ruud, the 8th-best ranked tennis player in the circuit, will face local favourite Federico Coria, who earlier beat fifth-seeded Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Ruud withdrew from the latest Australia Open due to an ankle injury but has now recovered. It was his first match at this year's tournament in Buenos Aires.

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“It feels good to play a match again,” the Norwegian said after the match. “I was a bit rusty, but I think I started well. Some mistakes here and there, a couple of breaks against me, but I was able to get them back. All in all, it was a good way to go through.”

Also, on Wednesday, Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco beat Brazil's Thiago Monteiro to reach the last eight. The 38-year-old had his victory by 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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