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Lorenzo Sonego is through to is first quarter-final at an ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro.

Sonego Stuns Second Seed In Rio

Coric battles past home favourite Seyboth Wild

Italian Lorenzo Sonego produced the upset of the day at the Rio Open presented by Claro, rallying from a break down in each set to defeat second-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 7-6(5), 7-6(5) and reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.

"I'm so happy," Sonego said. "I like playing here with these conditions. Today was a very tough match because I lost against Lajovic in Monte-Carlo. If he plays good with the forehand, it's amazing. Today I was more aggressive than Monte-Carlo. I served so good. I'm happy [with] this match."

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Sonego trailed by 3-4 in the opening set and 0-3 in the second set, but raised his level at critical moments to prevail in two hours and 10 minutes. The 24-year-old is through to his first quarter-final at an ATP 500 event and tied his ATP Head2Head series with Lajovic at 1-1.

Awaiting Sonego in the quarter-finals is fifth-seeded Croatian Borna Coric, who held off an inspired effort from #NextGenATP Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild to advance 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(5).

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Coric quickly built a 4/0 lead in the third-set tie-break, but the Brazilian brought the crowd to its feet by responding with a four-point run of his own to tie the score. The Croatian held his nerve with a volley winner and aggressive forehand to set up two match points. Seyboth Wild erased the first match point with a forehand winner, but a wild forehand miss from the 19-year-old ended play after two hours and 19 minutes.

”It was extremely tough. I was a bit lucky there. He was a better player in the third set, but I think the experience that I have gave me the edge at the end,” Coric said. “It’s going to be an interesting match [with Sonego]. I’ve never played him before, so I need to do some nice homework tonight with my coach to see how he’s playing.”