Canadian young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime set up a showdown with compatriot Denis Shapovalov through a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 comeback over Lorenzo Musetti to reach the Barcelona Open third round on Wednesday.
The 10th-seeded Auger-Aliassime is guided during the clay season by Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni, with results already showing up for the 20th-ranked youngster.
Shapovalov booked his spot a day earlier and will be facing his countryman for the fifth time at the ATP level after two wins in the series at the US Open.
Auger-Aliassime tamed teenaged Musetti in two hours, breaking five times as the Italian dealt with an injury as he played his sixth match in the past fortnight.
Third seed Andrey Rublev, who lost the weekend Monte Carlo final to Stefanos Tsitsipas – seeded second here behind 11-time winner Rafael Nadal – scored an angry victory over No. 138 Federico Gaio 6-4, 6-3.
Rublev appeared dissatisfied with his game and complained about his string tension as he moved on to the third round at the Real Club de Tenis.
The 84-minute duration might have been more than the Russian had counted on against the tournament lucky loser.
Rublev maintained his lead in victories this season, raising his total to 25 with five defeats.
After ploughing through a 41-minute opening set, Rublev picked up his pace as he secured victory by winning the last three games.
“It was more mental today, I got the win, which is the most important thing, but I do feel angry,” the seventh-ranked Russian said.
“When you’re not thinking, you’re always trying to find excuses, but I need to control my emotions.”
Rublev gets a Spanish opponent next after Albert Ramos-Vinolas put out France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4.
Rublev stands 2-1 in the series with Ramos-Vinolas 2-1 as tey play on clay for the first time.
Australian Alex de Minaur eased through into the third round, defeating Kazakh Alexander Bublic 7-6(3), 6-2.
Spanish sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta knocked out Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour.