Diego schwartzman, to add confidence. After an irregular passage through Mexico, the United States and Monte-Carlo, he is looking for good results in Barcelona.
The American Frances Tiafoe beat the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2), advanced to the second round and is the rival in that instance of the Argentine in the Catalan ATP 500, which is played on dust courts brick.
Tiafoe (65th) beat Alcaraz (119th) and will confront this Wednesday with the Argentine, the best tennis player on the continent and ninth in the ATP world rankings.
The other Argentine who participated in the traditional Conde Godó contest was Guido Pella (50th) from Bahia, who lost against the Japanese Kei Nishikori (39th) by 4-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-2, in the first round.
The Barcelona tournament takes place on clay courts with 1,565 million euros to be distributed and has Rafael Nadal as the main favorite, the highest historical champion with 11 titles.