The last two ATP tournaments in Sydney and Auckland before the Australian Open are moving towards their business end. Both tournaments have seen some dramatic moments and Wednesday’s action was no different. Here’s a quick recap:
Eighth seed Marcel Granollers was upset by Dan Evans. He was the only seed who was upset in the day’s play. Fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Australian wild card Jordan Thompson and Andrey Kuznetsov reached the quarter-finals when Alex de Minaur retired before the start of the second set. At the time of his retirement, de Minaur had lost the first set to the Russian 2-6.
Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Mischa Zverev and fifth seed Viktor Troicki defeated Paolo Lorenzi. Gilles Muller, the sixth seed also advanced to the quarter-finals. World no. 8 Dominic Thiem also reached the quarter-finals defeating Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias.
David Ferrer, the defending champion and third seed, was upset in the second round by Robin Haase, who overcame a one-set deficit to play in the quarters. Ferrer’s countryman Feliciano Lopez also forfeited his place in the tournament having needed to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury. Lopez pulling out of the tournament gave Jeremy Chardy a place in the quarters.
Eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis defeated German qualifier Dustin Brown. In the match between two Americans, fourth seed Jack Sock defeated qualifier Ryan Harrison. Second seed John Isner defeated Malek Jaziri and seventh seed Steve Johnson defeated Yen-Hsun Lu.
ATP Sydney Open
Daniel Evans (GBR) def.  Marcel Granollers (ESP) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
 Gilles Muller (LUX) def. [Q] Matthew Barton (AUS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) def. [WC] Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-2 [Retd.]
 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) def. [WC] Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-5, 6-4
 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) def. Mischa Zverev (GER) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
 Viktor Troicki (SRB) def. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-3, 6-4
 Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. [Q] Gastao Elias (POR) 6-7, 6-3, 7-5
Jiri Vesely (CZE) def. [LL] Jose Statham (NZL) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
Joao Sousa (POR) def. [Q] Brydan Klein (USA) 6-3, 6-4
 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) def. [Q] Dustin Brown (GER) 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
Robin Haase (NED) def.  David Ferrer (ESP) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
 Jack Sock (USA) def. [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) def.  Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [W/O]
 Steve Johnson (USA) def. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-4, 7-6
 John Isner (USA) def. Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6