Evans Soars Into Sydney QFs
The 31-year-old, who won three singles matches and two doubles rubbers at ATP Cup last week for Great Britain, did not face a break point en route to his 85-minute victory against the Spaniard.
The Russian has fond memories in Australia, after enjoying a dream run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year. In a strong performance against Kecmanovic, Karatsev won 88 per cent (28/32) of his first-serve points and rallied from a break down in the first set to improve to 2-0 in their ATPHead2Head series.
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The 28-year-old, who was named 2021 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year, will next play fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego after the Italian swept aside #NextGenATP Argentine Sebastian Baez 6-2, 6-3 in 81 minutes.
#NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima also advanced as he maintained his impressive tie-break record at the ATP 250 event to reach the last eight.
The 20-year-old defeated Fabio Fognini 7-6(7), 7-6(6) in one hour and 59 minutes to earn his second tour-level victory over the Italian. The World No. 68 also won two tie-break sets against Jiri Vesely in his first-round match on Tuesday.
Nakashima will meet countryman Reilly Opelka in the quarter-finals following the fourth seeds 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Australian wild card Jordan Thompson. The big-serving World No. 25 fired 10 aces to advance in 79 minutes.