Marcos Baghdatis beat fifth-seeded Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday in the BB&T Atlanta Open to set up a quarter-final match against fourth-seeded Matthew Ebden.
The 33-year-old Baghdatis, from Cyprus, has won two straight matches at Atlantic Station after losing seven of his previous eight.
“It’s been a tough year,” Baghdatis said. “But what happened, happened. Now I’m here and I’m in the quarter-finals. I’m happy.”
Ebden, from Australia, beat local favourite Donald Young 6-4, 6-4.
“I knew he was going to be tough here, because he lives here,” Ebden said. “He practices in these conditions and he’s as comfortable as anyone in these conditions, I suppose.”
Second-seeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia, the winner over four-time Atlanta winner John Isner in the 2016 final, advanced to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie. Kyrgios beat Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-2.AP
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