ATP Antalya: Monfils edges Kavcic. Mannarino, Sousa and Herbert march on

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by Jovica Ilic
ATP Antalya: Monfils edges Kavcic. Mannarino, Sousa and Herbert march on

World number 24 and the last year's Antalya finalist Adrian Mannarino is through to his fourth ATP quarter-final of the season and the second in a row after Queen's following a 6-4 7-5 triumph over Ricardas Berankis in an hour and 18 minutes. This was their sixth meeting and the fourth win for the Frenchman who fired 10 aces and saved four out of five break points to keep the pressure on his rival who got broken three times from six break chances he gave to Mannarino.

It was a good start for both players, making eight easy holds for a 4-4 before Adrian got the break in game nine to open up a 5-4 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the following game to wrap up the set and move closer to the last eight.

Berankis lost the ground in those moments and he lost the opening 10 points in set number two to find himself 2-0 down. Mannarino won the last five games but Berankis was there to fight, pulling the break back and opening a 3-2 lead, creating two more break points at 4-3.

Adrian saved them and this gave him the momentum before the closing stages of the set, holding at love in games 10 and 12 and breaking Ricardas in game 11 to seal the deal in the following game on own serve. Pierre-Hugues Herbert will play in his second ATP quarter-final of the season after taking out the reigning Antalya champion Yuichi Sugita 2-6 6-4 7-6 in two hours and eight minutes. Sugita won five points more than Herbert but he couldn't keep his great pace from the opening set, getting broken in the last game of the second set and just falling short in the final set tie break.

Pierre-Hugues saved five out of eight break points and he defended his second serve in a more efficient way to emerge as a winner in the end. Yuichi had to play against three break points, suffering two breaks of serve in the second set and playing solid tennis in the rest of the match, missing his opportunities in the decider to crash his dreams of a title defense.

The Japanese rattled off five straight games in the opening set for a commanding 6-2 and he led 2-1 with a break in set number two. Pierre-Hugues pulled it back in the very next game to get himself on the positive side of the scoreboard and he saved a break point in game seven in what has been one of the crucial moments of the match.

Sugita lost his serve again in game 10 to hand the set to his rival and he wasted two break points in the decider, having to win the match in the tie break. There, Pierre-Hugues earned one mini-break and he served well to bring the match home and advance into the last eight. Second round results:


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