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All third-round and quarter-final matches take place on action-packed Friday
The Norwegian has produced some of his best tennis on clay and once again looked comfortable on the surface, pulling the World No. 73 around with his consistent and heavy groundstrokes to advance after 76 minutes.
The 23-year-old, who reached the second round in his only other Barcelona appearance in 2017, is now three wins away from capturing his eighth tour-level crown and seventh on clay. Ruud triumphed on the red dirt in Buenos Aires in February and is 7-1 on the surface in 2022.
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The World No. 7 will return to court later on Friday to play Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta or Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the last eight after rain delayed play earlier this week leading to a packed Day 5 schedule at the ATP 500 event.
Ruud now leads Ruusuvuori 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series. Last month, the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals semi-finalist reached his maiden ATP Masters 1000 championship match at the Miami Open presented by Itau, falling to #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.