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Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

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Nadal back on track

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Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

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Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

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Evans crashes out of Rome

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Norrie maintains form while Moutet upsets top seed

Cameron Norrie has reached his fourth quarter-final of the season when he battled past Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 4-6 7-6(1) 7-5 to reach the last eight of the Millennium Estoril Open.

I managed to tough it out in the end. All credit to Pedro, he's such a tough competitor and I really had to work for that one Cameron Norrie

His stamina was tested to the full over three hours as was his determination to continue his run of successes as he staved off six match points before closing out the match and a meeting with the second seed from Chile, Cristian Garin who received a walkover from Richard Gasquet, the veteran Frenchman who has picked up a left adductor injury.

Speaking on Amazon Prime Video, the British No.3 said: “It was obviously really tough. He’s a very tricky player, he does everything very well.

“I was just pleased to get through. I had three match points at 5-4 and then he played great. I managed to tough it out in the end. All credit to Pedro, he’s such a tough competitor and I really had to work for that one.”

Corentin Moutet hung on to defeat Denis Shapovalov, the top seed in Estoril

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The surprise second round result though was provided by the unseeded Frenchman Corentin Moutet who, after two-hours 6-minutes, dispatched the top seed and title favourite Denis Shapovalov who was playing his opening match following a first round bye.

For the Canadian, world No.14, it was the third successive tournament where he has failed to get past the second round.

“It was a good match, he’s a great player so I had to play a good level and I managed to do it, it was tough conditions today for both players due to the wind and many other things so it was tough to play but at the end, I managed to get the win so I’m really happy about that,” Moutet, ranked 73, said following the upset.

He will next face Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas, the seventh seed, who put out Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-2 7-6(3).

Also through are two big servers who should provide fireworks when they clash for a place in the semi-finals, namely the eighth seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia and the South African Kevin Anderson

Cilic was forced into three set by the Portuguese qualifier, Nuno Borges before progressing into the last eight 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 while Anderson overcame a strong challenge from Lucky Loser, Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain, 6-3 7-6(4).

“I was 2-4 down in the tie-break, but I managed to raise my level and I fought really well in order the get the match finished in straight sets. It was important to forget the 5-4 game, as I think I played some good tennis out there”, said Anderson clinching the win after one hour and 49-minutes.



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