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Karen Khachanov overcomes Gianluca Mager on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals in Adelaide.

Khachanov Moves Through In Adelaide

Cilic and Kokkinakis earn wins

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.

The third seed, who lost to Gael Monfils in the championship match at the Adelaide International 1, fired 13 aces and did not face a break point to triumph after 70 minutes.

The World No. 30 will next play Arthur Rinderknech after the Frenchman edged Nur-Sultan titlist Soonwoo Kwon 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours.

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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.

Fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic recorded his third win in four matches in 2022 as he secured his spot in the last eight with a 7-6(6), 6-2 one-hour 40-minute victory against Spaniard Jaume Munar.

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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.

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