Andrey Rublev, first seed, made his debut in the second round of the San Diego Open and scored an easy 6-2 6-1 victory. against the young local Brandon Nakashima, 83 in the world rankings.
The 23-year-old Russian, fifth in the world rankings, broke at the beginning of each set and headed for a comfortable victory that keeps him as a big favorite by taking the title.
His next rival will be the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, sixth-seeded, who had a more difficult passage to the eighth after needing to come from a set against to beat South African Lloyd Harris 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2, number 32 in the world, which he has won both times they have faced.
The duel between Rublev and Schwartzman, fifteenth in the world rankings, it will be the third with a distribution of triumph and defeat in the previous two.
But Rublev beat Schwartzman last week during Laver Cup competition. (4-6, 6-3 and 11-9) when the Teams of Europe and the Rest of the World met, in Boston.
Rublev, who had just helped Team Europe win the Laver Cup exhibition in Boston, used big forehand shots to take control of the points from the baseline.
“From the beginning, I thought I had to be the one who was going to dominate. I need to try to take my right and try to dictate,” said Rublev, who has already played four Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Rublev improved to 45-15 in 2021 after first-round break in the hard court tournament.