Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas looking good for London after China Open wins
Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are both looking likely to qualify for the ATP Finals in London next month after second-round victories at the China Open.
Zverev, the defending champion, is in most danger of missing out on the chance to defend his crown, but a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime in Beijing has come as a welcome boost.
Tsitsipas, meanwhile, who is currently sixth in the race to London after a few months of struggle, came from a set down to beat last year’s China Open winner Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Three sets were also needed for Sam Querrey to get past Diego Schwartzman.
The American upset the world number 16 with a hard-earned 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 win in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes.
Earlier, John Isner ended the hopes of British number two Dan Evans with a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win in just under two hours. The big-serving American will meet Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.
Third seed David Goffin moved into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open with a straight-sets win over Denis Shapovalov.
The Belgian world number 15, who won the title in 2017, came through his second-round match against the Canadian 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2).
Goffin goes on to face Hyeon Chung after the Korean knocked out sixth seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Australian John Millman saw off Lloyd Harris of South Africa 6-3 6-2, while there was home success as Taro Daniel beat Jordan Thompson 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
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