Lorenzo Musetti won his opening match at the Argentina Open in comfortable fashion, defeating hometown hero Pedro Cachin 6-2 6-3 on Thursday.
World No20 Musetti is still just 20, making him the third-youngest player inside the top 40. The only younger players are 19-year-olds Carlos Alcaraz (world No2) and Holger Rune (world No9).
The talented Italian has two ATP Tour titles to his name, but none outside of Europe and he will hope to change that after he advanced to the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires.
Musetti will play Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas next after he prevailed 6-4 6-4 against former world No3 Dominic Thiem.
Fifth seed Francisco Cerundolo did his part to set up an all-Argentine quarter-final clash after dominating Jaume Munar 6-2 6-1, but compatriot Diego Schwartzman could not hold up his end of the deal, falling 6-1 6-3 to Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
Meanwhile, world No7 Taylor Fritz made a winning start to his Delray Beach Open campaign, defeating Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez 6-4 6-3.
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Fritz will play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals after the 34-year-old veteran eliminated 24-year-old American J.J. Wolf 7-5 6-2.
Second seed Tommy Paul was too strong for Denis Kudla in a 6-3 6-4 triumph. He will play Radu Albot for a place in the semi-finals after the Romanian emerged the 6-4 6-4 victor against Australia’s Aleksandar Vukic.