Jordan Thompson and Roman Safiullin set their maiden Lexus ATP Head2Head conflict for the Chengdu Open quarter-finals by every notching snug victories Friday on the Chinese language hard-court ATP 250.
The World No. 56 Thompson didn’t face a break level in his 6-1, 7-6(1) triumph in opposition to Dusan Lajovic in Sichuan province. Regardless of letting two match factors slip at 6-5 within the second set, the Australian charged by the tie-break to wrap victory in 89 minutes and attain his seventeenth ATP Tour quarter-final.
“It’s robust, however he performed two superb factors on them,” mentioned Thompson when requested concerning the two missed match factors. “I felt like I used to be in entrance the entire manner, I used to be up 6-1 and likewise serving to start out within the second set. So I at all times stored in entrance, however simply couldn’t pull by.
“Credit score to him as a result of he began enjoying so much higher and serving properly, however within the tie-breaker I simply received out to a really large lead and that basically helped.”
Following Thompson and Lajovic on Chengdu’s centre courtroom have been Safiullin and fourth seed Daniel Evans. The World No. 55 Safiullin wasted little time notching an upset as he transformed 4 of his six break factors in a 6-3, 6-3 triumph.
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Along with his 83-minute win, Safiullin superior to his second tour-level quarter-final of the season after his run to the final eight at Wimbledon in July. The 26-year-old is up six spots to No. 49 within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Rankings on account of his run in Chengdu thus far, simply six spots shy of his profession excessive within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Though but to satisfy at tour-level, Thompson and Safiullin did meet in January in qualifying on the Adelaide Worldwide 2, the place Australia’s Thompson prevailed 6-4, 6-4.
In the one different accomplished match earlier than heavy rain introduced a untimely finish to the day’s play, Christopher O’Connell defeated Taro Daniel 7-6(10), 6-4 to hitch his fellow Aussie Thompson within the quarter-finals. High seed Grigor Dimitrov’s opening match in opposition to Juan Pablo Varillas didn’t begin because of the rain and can now open the centre courtroom schedule on Saturday, when Dimitrov will look to assert his four-hundredth tour-level win.