ATP Antalya: Thompson, Sonego and Mannarino stay on title course


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ATP Antalya: Thompson, Sonego and Mannarino stay on title course

Jordan Thompson had scored only one ATP victory in 2018, keeping his ranking position with a great run at Challengers and preparing for an assault in 2019. Before Wimbledon, the Aussie has already delivered more than 20 triumphs this season, beating Bradley Klahn 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 44 minutes for the fifth quarter-final of the season, the second in a row on grass after s-Hertogenbosch.

Klahn gave his best to stay in touch with the better-ranked opponent, creating five break chances and failing to convert any, staying on the same level with Jordan in the first set where he was two points away from the finish line in the tie break.

In the end, Thompson converted the fifth set point to grab the breaker 9-7, earning an early break in the second set and repelling those break points in games five and seven before sealing the deal with an excellent hold at 5-3.

The 5th seed and defending champion Damir Dzumhur struggled as always in the last year or so, prevailing over world no. 443 Altug Celikbilek 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in an hour and 48 minutes. The Bosnian faced only one break point, losing the second set when Altug converted it to set up the decider where Damir broke once to move over the top and enter the quarters.

Lorenzo Sonego is through to the third ATP quarter-final of the season, toppling Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-7, 6-0, 7-5, delivering a late break in the third set to edge the rival and stay on the title course. The Italian never lost serve, fending off those three break points in the opener but losing it 7-3 in the tie break.

Prajnesh faded from the court in set number two, with Sonego delivering a bagel in 25 minutes before more tight tennis in set number three that Lorenzo solved with a break at 5-5. Following the first ATP title in s-Hertogenbosch, Adrian Mannarino is among the favorites in Antalya as well, reaching the quarters with a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory against Roberto Carballes Baena in two hours.

The Frenchman suffered two breaks and kept the pressure on the Spaniard all the time, creating 15 chances and converting four of those, including the crucial one at 5-5 in the third set that broke Carballes Baena's resistance.

World no. 277 Kevin Krawietz earned the first ATP win at the age of 27, beating Cem Ilkel 6-4, 6-4 in swift 58 minutes. The German never faced a break point and stole the rival's serve once in each set to advance into the last 16.