Sixth-seeded Casper Ruud and No. 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz rolled into the next round with straight-set victories Saturday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
The pair led a parade of seeded players to record victories in the Round of 64.
Norway’s Ruud downed Robert Carballes Baena of Spain 6-1, 6-2 in 71 minutes. Poland’s Hurkacz needed one hour, 26 minutes to defeat Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-1, 7-5. Hurkacz broke Popyrin’s serve four times. Hurkacz himself was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
Diego Schwartzman, the 11th seed, needed three sets to defeat American qualifier Maxime Cressy 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Roberto Bautista Agut, the 15th seed, defeated Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3. Seeded players Reilly Opelka, Daniel Evans, Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov also advanced. The ninth-seeded Denis Shapovalov was leading fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 3-0 when Pospisil was forced to retire.
Opelka fired 11 aces in his 7-5, 6-3 victory over Taro Daniel.
Frances Tiafoe defeated fellow American Sebastian Korda 6-0, 6-4.
–Field Level Media