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    Bublik Cruises Into Phoenix Challenger QFs | ATP Tour

    Fourth seed Alexander Bublik wasted no time Friday on the Arizona Tennis Traditional to advance to the quarter-finals of the Challenger 175 occasion.

    The 25-year-old wanted simply 53 minutes to defeat China’s Zhang Zhizhen 6-1, 6-2. Bublik backed up his heavy first supply with a robust return efficiency, capturing 14 of 19 factors off Zhang’s second serve.

    The Kazakh, who saved all 4 break factors confronted Friday, will subsequent search to avenge his earlier two losses (‘18 Budapest, ‘21 St. Petersburg) to Jan-Lennard Struff when he meets the German within the Phoenix Challenger quarter-finals. The qualifier Struff additionally cruised Friday, downing Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-3.

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    In entrance of a packed stadium on the Phoenix Nation Membership, high seed Matteo Berrettini moved previous Aussie qualifier Aleksandar Vukic 7-5, 7-6(5). The Italian will subsequent face Alexander Shevchenko, who received the Tenerife Challenger-1 earlier this 12 months. Shevchenko superior by way of qualifying in Phoenix and took out Gael Monfils and Marc-Andrea Huesler to make the final eight.

    Three seeded gamers have been upset Friday, together with Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who fell to American Aleksandar Kovacevic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Kovacevic, 24, will rise into the High 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Stay Rankings ought to he defeat Quentin Halys tomorrow.

    The Frenchman Halys scored an upset of his personal by taking down World No. 59 Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Alexei Popyrin additionally superior Friday when he downed seventh seed Mikael Ymer 6-2, 6-2.

    Nuno Borges moved to an ideal 7-0 season file on the Challenger stage by defeating Roman Safiullin. The Portuguese No. 1 backed up his highest-ranked win, which he earned Tuesday evening by defeating second seed Diego Schwartzman.

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    Due to rain earlier this week, Saturday’s motion in Phoenix will characteristic quarter-final matches within the morning and the semi-finals after appropriate relaxation.

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