Jannik Sinner still in the mix for ATP Finals qualification after making progress in Antwerp

Jannik Sinner forehand

Jannik Sinner stayed on course for the end-of-season Nitto ATP Finals with a straights-sets win over Arthur Rinderknech in the European Open quarter-finals.

Top seed Sinner, who beat Frenchman Rinderknech 6-4, 6-2, is currently 11th in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin behind ninth-placed Hubert Hurkacz and Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who is 10th.

The top eight players will qualify for next month’s ATP Finals and eighth-placed Rafael Nadal is ruled out with a foot injury.

Italian Sinner, 20, will play Lloyd Harris in the semi-finals in Antwerp after the seventh-seeded South African beat Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 7-5.

“I am happy to be in the semi-finals,” Sinner said. “He (Loyd Harris) has had a great season and he is once again trying to find a way through. He serves well, he moves well. Today he played a wonderful match, so it is going to be very exciting.”

Diego Schwartzman dropped only seven points on his serve in a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win against American Brandon Nakashima and will play Jenson Brooksby in the other semi-final.

American Brooksby defeated Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-0.

At the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Karen Khachanov and Aslan Karatsev will contest an all-Russian semi-final.

Third seed Khachanov overcame Australia’s John Millman 7-5, 7-6 (4) and the unseeded Karatsev beat France’s Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-3 in his last-eight clash.

Sixth seed Marin Cilic cruised past Spain’s Pedro Martinez 6-1, 6-2 and faces Ricardas Berankis in the other semi-final after the unseeded Lithuanian won 6-2, 7-6 (1) against France’s Adrian Mannarino.