US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro was the big winner on the day, beating Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 to reach the Beijing quarterfinals. The victory also clinched del Potro for a berth in the ATP Finals next month in London.
“I’m happy to get in London after five years. Will be amazing moments for me. I will love to be part of that eight players, to make that event. Of course, it’s a very special tournament for us,” Del Potro said.
The Argentine now faces Paris indoor finalist Filip Krajinovic who was a winner over Feliciano Lopez.
Kyle Edmund also won over Matteo Berrettini. He’ll now face Dusan Lajovic after the Serb stunned Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev returns Thursday to take on Malek Jaziri and Fabio Fognini battles Andrey Rublev.
In Tokyo Wednesday, Denis Shapovalov scored a big win taking out his idol Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
“It didn’t even hit me until I walked on the court with him and he was on the other side and I couldn’t help but almost smile in a way. It kind of got to me, I got a little bit tight but I refocused and I thought to myself, ‘Okay it’s not Stan’,” Shapovalov said. “It was great to be on the court with him. It’s a dream come true. But it’s one of those memories I’m never going to forget. It’s one of those ‘what you live for’ moments. It’s a great day today.”
Favorites Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic also advanced. Kevin Anderson, Nick Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur won opening round matches.
Tomorrow, De Minaur meets Stefanos Tsitsipas, Anderson takes on Tiafoe and Kyrgios collides with Richard Gasquet.
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