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Basilashvili saves five match points against qualifier Kovalik
Fifth seed Jan-Lennard Struff booked his place in the Sardegna Open quarter-finals on Wednesday by beating British qualifier Liam Broady 6-4, 6-2 in 81 minutes. The German, who improves to a 7-7 record on the 2021 season, saved five match points in his first-round win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Tuesday.
Struff will next play fourth-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, last month’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open titlist (d. Bautista Agut). Basilashvili saved five match points at 4-5 in the deciding set of a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over qualifier Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia in three hours.
Elsewhere, Slovenian Aljaz Bedene needed just under two hours to beat Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-4, 7-6(5). The pair met in February, with Gerasimov winning their Open Sud de France second-round clash 6-4, 7-6(4). Bedene now challenges second-seeded American Taylor Fritz or Slovakia’s Andrej Martin.