Lucas Pouille defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in just 49 minutes, 6-1 6-2, to reach the Rakuten Japan Open quarter-finals and book a clash against the 16-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in Tokyo. “In Cincinnati, I got six games in one set.
It was a close set, I played some good tennis but he was too good. Hopefully on Friday I can play my game and stay solid like I was today because against him it is really important. He is one of the most solid guys on tour so it going to be the key", said Pouille.
David Goffin defeated Denis Shapovalov. The Belgian said: "It was tough. He was serving really well and I knew it'd be long sets with some tie-breaks. I tried to break him during the whole match, I didn't, but I served really well.
We were both really solid on our service games and during the tie-breaks I played very well. I'm really happy about my performance because it was a good fight. Today I think I was a little bit better. But he was serving so well, lefty, serving everywhere, great second serve as well, so it was tough to break him today.
I had to fight, but I was playing much better today." Hyeon Chung upset Marin Cilic in three sets: “I’m just really happy because this is one of the best wins in my career so far. It was a really tough match against one of the best players in the world", said the South Korean. "I’m just trying to enjoy every point”.