Alcaraz Returns To Rio For Title Defense, Norrie Seeded No. 2

by Staff | February 19th, 2023, 4:45 pm
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Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie are once again the top 2 seeds for the second straight week in South America, this time at the ATP 500 stop in Rio.

Alcaraz comes in off a first Buenos Aires title in which he beat Norrie, and now will look to defend his 2022 win. No. 1 Alcaraz is projected to meet 5 Schwartzman in the quarters with Italian No. 3 seed Musetti in the semifinals.

Alcaraz opens against the little-known Mateus Alves then gets the winner of Fabio Fognini or Tomas Barrios Vera.

The second seeded Norrie opens with lucky loser Juan Manuel Cerundolo then gets the winner of Dominic Thiem-Thiago Monteiro.

The top seeds are: 1 Carlos Alcaraz, 2 Cameron Norrie, 3 Lorenzo Musetti, 4 Francisco Cerundolo, 5 Diego Schwartzman, 6 Sebastian Baez and 7 Albert Ramos Vinolas. No. 8 seed Federico Coria withdrew.

Former champions: Alcaraz, Djere, Schwartzman, Garin, Thiem.
Former finlaists: Fognini.

Last year, (7) Carlos Alcaraz defeated (3) Diego Schwartzman in the final 6-4 6-2.

2022 Carlos Alcaraz d Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-2
2020 Cristian Garin d Gianluca Mager 7-6(3) 7-5
2019 Laslo Djere d Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 7-5
2018 Diego Schwartzman d Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-3
2017 Dominic Thiem d Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5 6-4
2016 Andy Murray d Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5
2016 Pablo Cuevas d Guido Pella 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4
2015 David Ferrer d Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-3
2014 Rafael Nadal d Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6(3)

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