Dan Evans has built on his first round success by defeating Frances Tiafoe to progress into the quarter-finals of the European Open in Antwerp.
In the first set I thought I played flawlessly, but then I wasn't focused at the beginning of the second, Alexander Zverev
Having ended a five-match losing streak, the 30-year-old who announced he would be parting company with his coach Mark Hilton at the end of November, squeezed through a tight first set on a tie-break and then ran off with the second to secure a convincing 7-6(3) 6-2 victory.
In the last eight the British number will face either the third seed Karen Khachanov or the Belgian wild card Zizou Berg.
The match of the day goes to Ugo Humbert of France who after two-hours and 33-minutes celebrated a n excellent 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory over the second seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. The young Frenchman let slip a 5-2 lead in the opening set and then saved four break points as he battled with his more experienced opponent off the baseline.
In other action the fourth seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria rallied to beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar-Alba 4-6 6-3 6-4 while the Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic hit 17 aces and won 40 of his 44 first-service points to defeat Slovenia’s Alkaz Bedene 6-3 7-6(4) and next faces Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
Meanwhile seventh seed Taylor Fritz suffered 19 aces from fellow American Reilly Opelka but went on to win 7-6(5) 6-1.
Finally eight seed Alex de Minaur of Australia defeated Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-2.
At the ‘bett1HULKS Championship’ in Cologne, top-seed Alexander Zverev of Germany moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-0 3-6 6-3 win against Australia’s John Millman and takes on the eight seed from France, Adrian Mannarino, a 6-3 6-3 winner over Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic.
“In the first set I thought I played flawlessly, but then I wasn’t focused at the beginning of the second,” Zverev admitted.
“John is someone who has beaten top players before, I thought I did a poor job serving, but got the win somehow.
That’poor job’ was reflected by the 10 double faults he delivered but he managed to save six of seven break points in a match which lasted just under two hours.
Meanwhile fifteen aces helped the fifth seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime pull out a hard-fought 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4) victory against Egor Gerasimov of Belarus.
In contrast the seventh seeded 7 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany breezed past Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-3 6-1 while Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina advanced with a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over American Steve Johnson.