Dutra Silva comfortably beat Argentina’s Renzo Olivo 6-1 6-1 on Tuesday to set up a clash with the Spanish great on the Rafael Nadal Court, the centre court at the Real Club de Tenis, which was renamed in his honour last week.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is the main attraction at the tournament, fresh from winning the Monte Carlo Masters for a record 10th time on Sunday.
World No 1 Andy Murray’s late entry has also caused a stir, and the Briton will meet Bernard Tomic on Wednesday in the third round after the Australian saw off German Dustin Brown in three sets.
The Scot accepted a late wildcard for the tournament after being eliminated in the third round at
Tournament organisers’ hopes of Nadal meeting fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the last-16 were ended on Tuesday when South African Kevin Anderson knocked out the popular 35-year-old 6-3 6-4 in straight sets.