The 31-year-old, who received three singles matches and two doubles rubbers at ATP Cup final week for Nice Britain, didn’t face a break level en path to his 85-minute victory in opposition to the Spaniard.
The Russian has fond reminiscences in Australia, after having fun with a dream run to the semi-finals on the Australian Open final 12 months. In a powerful efficiency in opposition to Kecmanovic, Karatsev received 88 per cent (28/32) of his first-serve factors and rallied from a break down within the first set to enhance to 2-0 of their ATPHead2Head collection.
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The 28-year-old, who was named 2021 ATP Most Improved Participant of the 12 months, will subsequent play fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego after the Italian swept apart #NextGenATP Argentine Sebastian Baez 6-2, 6-3 in 81 minutes.
#NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima additionally superior as he maintained his spectacular tie-break document on the ATP 250 occasion to succeed in the final eight.
The 20-year-old defeated Fabio Fognini 7-6(7), 7-6(6) in a single hour and 59 minutes to earn his second tour-level victory over the Italian. The World No. 68 additionally received two tie-break units in opposition to Jiri Vesely in his first-round match on Tuesday.
Nakashima will meet countryman Reilly Opelka within the quarter-finals following the fourth seeds 6-3, 6-2 conquer Australian wild card Jordan Thompson. The large-serving World No. 25 fired 10 aces to advance in 79 minutes.