ATP Tour

Tsitsipas sees off Cuevas to reach Hamburg last 8

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Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA)
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Stefanos Tsitsipas needed to see off a tough opening-set challenge before beating qualifier Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Hamburg.

Tsitsipas, the top seed in Hamburg after US Open semi-finalist Daniil Medvedev was knocked out in the first round, saved four break points at 4-4 and another at 5-5 in the first set.

The 22-year-old then pulled away to take the first set and then clinch his 20th match win this season.

In the quarter-finals, Greek Tsitsipas, who is ranked sixth in the world, will face Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.

Lajovic, 30, needed just over an hour to blast his way into the last eight with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Russian eighth-seed Karen Khachanov.

Results from the fourth day of the Hamburg ATP tournament on Thursday (x denotes seed):

Second round

Ugo Humbert (FRA) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-4, 6-3

Casper Ruud (NOR) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x6) 6-3, 6-3

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x8) 6-1, 6-2

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x2) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-5, 6-4

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