Sydneysider Christopher O'Connell has trumped No. 2 seed Jannik Sinner 7-6(7), 6-4 to advance to his maiden ATP Tour level quarter-final at the Truist Atlanta Open overnight.
O'Connell, who qualified for the tournament in Atlanta, kicked off proceedings against the rising Italian star, holding his serve to open the match. There were no breaks of serve in the first set, in a set where both players served so strongly, neither even faced a break point.
It was Sinner who drew first blood in the tiebreaker, earning a mini break for a 3-2 lead. He then gifted it straight back to O'Connell, as the scores were tied at 3-3 at the first change of ends. Sinner once again earned another mini break, and this time consolidated for a 6-4 lead, with the set on his racquet. But the Aussie fought back, earning the mini break back and saving both set points, to level the score at 6-6 at the second change of ends.
The Italian once again had an opportunity to close out the set with another mini break and a set point at 7-6, but was unable to get the job done, with the Aussie channelling his inner fight to save a third set point and steal it 9-7.
O'Connell kicked off the second set in fine fashion, breaking the 19 year old in the opening game. It would be the only break point of the match, and the only one O'Connell needed, as he whipped nine aces past the world no. 23 to run away with a 7-6(7), 6-4 victory.
The win sees O'Connell advance to his maiden quarter-final on the ATP World Tour, and rise to 121 in the live ATP Rankings, just ten spots shy of his career high.
O'Connell will meet sixth seed John Isner for a spot in the semis.
Staying in Atlanta, Nick Kyrgios, in his first tournament since Wimbledon has gone down in the second round to No. 3 seed and good friend Cam Norrie 1-6, 4-6.
The in form Brit was fantastic all day, facing just one break point, which he saved.
Kyrgios is still alive in doubles action with Jack Sock.
Speaking of the doubles, Aussie duo Alexei Popyrin and Matt Reid have advanced to the semifinals in Atlanta with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over No. 1 seeds Luke Bambridge and Ken Skupski.
Unfortunately fellow Aussies Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith were defeated my Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 3-6, 6-4, 9-11.
Staying with the doubles on the ATP Tour, Marc Polmans and Spaniard Pedro Martinez took down No. 2 seeds Hugo Nys and Andrea Vavassori 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-8 in a thriller, advancing to the Generali Open semifinals in Kitzbuhel.
On the WTA Tour, Aussie 3rd seed Maddison Inglis unfortunately went down to Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 3-6, 2-6 in the second round in Charleston.
Moving over to the ATP Challenger Tour, Aleksandar featured in both singles and doubles action in Poznan. Vukic went down to 19 year old Czech Jiri Lehecka 3-6, 4-6 in the second round of singles. However, the Aussie advanced to the doubles semifinals with Poland's Karol Drzewiecki.
Jason Kubler has continued his great form, reaching the quarterfinals in Lexington with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Brit Aidan Mchugh.
On the ITF World Tennis Tour, it was a fantastic night of singles results for our Aussie men.
Jeremy Beale continued his great season by moving into the quarterfinals of the M15 tournament in Monastir, knocking out No. 4 seed Erik Crepaldi 6-1, 6-4.
In Champaign, Dane Sweeny reached the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 win over Strong Kirchheimer. Sweeny then moved into the doubles semis with fellow Aussie Tristan Schoolkate, capping off a successful day for the 20 year old.
On the women's side, Jaimee Fourlis reached the quarterfinals of the W60 tournament in Versmold, coming from a set down to defeat Spaniard Jessica Bouzas Maneiro 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Fourlis backed up the win by advancing to the doubles semifinals with partner Mirjam Bjorklund.
Tina Nadine Smith's week in Cairo came to an end as she bowed out of the doubles in the quarterfinals of the W15 tournament.
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