Khachanov Moves Through In Adelaide
Russia’s Karen Khachanov reached the final in Adelaide last week and set the wheels in motion for another deep run on Wednesday, defeating Gianluca Mager 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Adelaide International 2.
Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis also advanced, moving past second seed John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in two hours and 45 minutes. It is the biggest win by ATP Ranking that the wild card has secured since 2018, when he defeated then-World No. 1 Roger Federer in the second round in Miami.
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The former World No. 3 won 88 per cent (36/41) of his first-serve points in the pairs first ATPHead2Head meeting to set up a clash against Tommy Paul following the American’s 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over 25-year-old Benjamin Bonzi.
Top seed Gael Monfils, who won the Adelaide International 1 title last week, was forced to retire against Thiago Monteiro when trailing 6-7(2), 6-3, 1-0 due to a back injury. Monteiro will next play Corentin Moutet after the 22-year-old defeated eighth seed Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-2 in 76 minutes.