Rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud enjoyed watching a Buenos Aires thriller clash between Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Cuevas as he hopes the Argentine will soon return to competitive action. Schwartzman, seeded at No. 1, saved four match points en route to edging out Uruguayan Cuevas 5-7 7-6 (11) 7-5 in three hours and 41 minutes of play.
The epic quarterfinal clash took a toll on home favorite Schwartzman as the Argentine picked up a left leg injury and gave a walkover to Portuguese lucky loser Pedro Sousa in the semifinal. World No. 14 Schwartzman also pulled out of next week's ATP event in Rio de Janeiro and now his focus turns to recovering in time for the Indian Wells Masters.
"I was watching the match between Schwartzman and Cuevas in my hotel room. It was amazing, a great effort from both. I'm sorry Diego got injured, I hope he can recover for Indian Wells," Ruud said, per Sebastian Torok.
Ruud, seeded at No. 8, beat Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in three sets to set up a final against world No. 145 Sousa.