Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik was able to defeat the 6th seeded player Taylor Fritz at the Chengdu Open on Wednesday by 4-6, 7-5 and 7-5.
Bublik hit 25 aces against the American opponent along with saving 4 breakpoints to reach the last round of 16.
In other matches of the tournament, Denis Shapovalov was able to reach the 4th round after beating Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankas by 6-4 and 6-3. The 8th seeded Shapovalov was able to save his 9 breakpoints to set up the next match with US’s Bradley Klahn.
As for the match between Joao Sousa of Portugal and Chung Hyeon of China, Sousa was able to win the match by 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4 and is now going to face the 2nd seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.
Somewhere else at the Zhuhai Championships, Nick Kyrgios, the 6th seed of the event suffered the first-round exit against Italian player Andreas Seppi by 7-6 and 6-1 despite having the lead in the first set. Kyrgios was participating in this tournament straight after coming from participation in the last week’s Laver Cup.
In other shocking exits of the tournament at the first round, 5th seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille was also eliminated by South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo by 7-6 and 6-2. As for the match between Gael Monfils and Cameron Norrie, Monfils was able to make it to the quarterfinals after defeating his opponent by 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4.
Monfils will now face Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in the quarterfinals after Vinolas defeated Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia by 7-6 and 6-3.
As for the last major match of the day, it was being played between Britain’s Andy Murray and America’s Tennys Sandgren, which Murray won by 6-3, 6-7 and 6-1.
This is the first tour-level win for Murray since his participation back in January. Murray will now be facing Alex De Minaur in the Round 2 match.