ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur and David Goffin race into quarters



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ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur and David Goffin race into quarters

The bottom half of the draw favorites are safely through into the quarters at the Antalya Open. The 2nd seed David Goffin dismissed the young Spaniard Nicola Kuhn 6-0, 6-2 in 56 minutes, playing on a high level from start to finish.

The Belgian dropped ten points behind the initial shot and never faced a break point, keeping the pressure on the other side of the net and stealing Kuhn's serve five times from as many opportunities to sail into the next round.

The Spaniard lost serve already in the first game following a double fault and found himself 3-0 down after a loose backhand. Goffin forced the opponent's error in game four to increase the advantage, broke at love a few minutes later and delivered a bagel with a hold at 15 in game six.

The Belgian rattled off ten straight games to open a 6-0, 4-0 advantage and sealed the deal with a forehand winner at 5-2. The 4th seed Alex de Minaur had an easy day at the office against the young Bulgarian qualifier Adrian Andreev.

The Aussie celebrated a 6-3, 6-1 win in 70 minutes, losing serve twice but dominating the return to control the scoreboard. De Minaur saved two break chances at 2-2 in the first set and grabbed a break in the next one when Andreev netted a forehand.

The Bulgarian broke back a few minutes later following a loose backhand from the Aussie, who got the second straight break in game eight with a backhand crosscourt winner.

Alex de Minaur and David Goffin are pushing hard in Antalya.

Serving for the set, Alex held at love with a backhand down the line winner that sent him 6-3 ahead.

De Minaur had the momentum on his side and grabbed three breaks in set number two and moved over the top when Adrian sprayed a backhand error at 1-5. The struggling Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili had to work hard against Altug Celikbilek, scoring a 7-6, 6-4 victory to remain on the title course.

Nikoloz served at 50% and got broken four times, getting himself together in the decisive moments to avoid an upset. Celikbilek came from 4-1 down in the opening set and grabbed his third straight break at 4-5 to extend the set and his chances.

Basilashvili bounced back in the tie break to win it 7-1, feeling more relaxed on the court and taking six of the last eight games in set number two to advance into the next round. Stefano Travagalia defeated Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes, getting broken once and delivering two return games to oust the young Finn and earn a place in the first ATP quarter-final since Umag 2019.