Jo-Wilfried Tosnga has continued his climb up the rankings by beating Kyle Edmund at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh.
The Frenchman, currently ranked 116 in the world, was given a wild card for the tournament as he attempts to battle his way back from injury, and he showed he still has plenty of the old magic in his 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 success over the British number one.
“It’s always great to beat a Top 20 player and very motivating,” said Tsonga.
“I will have a day off tomorrow and hope to continue playing well.”
Fourth seed Gilles Simon is also safely through to the quarter-finals after he earned a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over Guido Andreozzi.
Taro Daniel now awaits Simon, who won the tournament back in 2008.
“I was positively surprised with how well I played today,” said Simon.
“Lately, I have played very well in practice, but not during the matches.
“Today, I was happy with how I played. I’m happy with my level during those first two matches on clay and I’m feeling well here in Marrakesh.”
Serbia to get services of superstar.
What’s going on in tennis today?
Serb opens up on rivalries.
Austrian ran close by wild card.
Frenchmen the stories in Marseille.
Tough day for the seeds.
What’s going o in tennis today?
Spaniard ‘will remain a while,’ says coach.
American has say on GOAT debate.
36-year-old encouraged by display.