The 3rd seed Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to his fourth ATP quarter-final of the season in Cologne, beating a qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 17 minutes. Felix landed seven aces and lost 15 points in nine service games, facing no break points and securing three return games to march over the finish line.
Laaksonen was there to fight until 4-4 before dropping eight of the final nine games to push the Canadian over the top and finish his solid run in the second round. There were no break chances in the first nine games of the encounter and Felix grabbed the crucial break in game ten following a lucky net cord, stealing the set and gaining a massive boost ahead of set number two.
He served well there, breaking Laaksonen in game two when the Swiss sent a backhand long and again in game six thanks to Henri's backhand mistake. Serving for the victory, Auger-Aliassime fired an ace down the T line to seal the deal and race into the quarter-final.
A former US Open champion Marin Cilic can't catch a break recently, suffering a 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 loss against the young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in two hours and 22 minutes. Davidovich Fokina is through to the second ATP quarter-final after Estoril last year, fending off crucial break points at 5-5 in set number two and controlling the scoreboard from there.
The Spaniard suffered two breaks and produced three from ten opportunities, remaining calm in the second set's closing stages and dominating the decider to advance into the last eight. Marin played well in the opening set, saving two break points at 3-3 and producing a break that moved him in front before sealing the set with a hold at 15 in game nine.
The Croat opened a 2-0 lead in set number two before the Spaniard pulled it back, staying in touch in the next half an hour and fending off those break chances in game 11 to prolong his chances.
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut are through to the QF.
After that, the youngest had momentum, winning the tie break 7-3 and rattling off 20 of the last 24 points in the final set to race over the finish line.
Another Spaniard is through to the quarters, as Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and 19 minutes. It was the first victory for Bautista Agut over Simon since 2013, winning four points more and prevailing in straight sets after a great battle.
The Spaniard opened a 5-2 lead in the opener with a double break, losing serve while serving for the set at 5-3 but clinching another return game a few minutes later for 6-4. Simon fought back in set number two, overcame a 3-0 deficit and served for the set at 6-5.
Bautista Agut saved two set points to reach a tie break, winning three straight points from 4-5 to seal the deal and avoid spending more time on the court.