Cameron Norrie played his first match at the Open 13 Provence event in Marseilles while four payers have already progressed into the quarter-finals.
I feel like I was ready and I played good, but matches are never easy. You need to adjust Karen Khachanov
The British No.3 defeated French qualifier Constant Lestienne 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3 and will take on another Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert for a place in the last eight, Herbert having dispatched Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-4 some 24-hours earlier.
The top seed Daniil Medvedev has still to be seen on court but he now has an opponent, the Belarussian Egor Gerasimov who made the second round after beating Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 6-2 6-0.
Like Norrie, he is scheduled to play his second-round match today, Thursday.
Meanwhile already through are Jannik Sinner, Karen Khachanov, Matthew Ebden and Ugo Humbert.
Italy’s 19-year-old Sinner cruised past French wildcard Hugo Gaston 6-4 6-1 after 66-minutes having converted four of his nine break points and winning 89 % of his first serve points.
The teenager’s appearance in the last eight is the second of his young career following his title victory at te Ocean Road Open in Melbourne.
Seeded 6, Sinner awaits the winner of the Medvedev Gerasimov match
“There are some key points in every set, and when he came back in the first set, I was just trying to stay there mentally. I think I did that, and I am very proud of that. In the second, I started to stay strong”, Sinner said following his victory.
Russian third seed Khachanov, the Marseille champion two years ago, battled past American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6(4) 6-4 to reach his second consecutive quarter final after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rotterdam last week.
“It was a really difficult match, he won yesterday and he played already in these conditions. I feel like I was ready and I played good, but matches are never easy. You need to adjust. He is so fast, you need to really build the point against him. It was a difficult match, a really competitive one. I am happy that I could go through and get this kind of intensity and rallies”, said Khachanov after the one-hour 54-minute match.
Australia’s Ebden, has continued his fine form this year by reaching his second quarter-final in three weeks. He played the qualifying event and has now recorded four consecutive wins in Marseille with his 73-minute 6-2 6-2 victory over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.
“Going well in Marseille,” Ebden tweeted after setting up a last-eight meeting with Russian third seed Khachanov.