Stan Wawrinka collect his best win of this restart halting the streaking Andrey Rublev coming from a set down 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The Swiss lost six of the first seven games to the Russian who entered off 11 straight victories.
“I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me,” Wawrinka stated. “It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well.
“I was still believing that I could change something in my game and play a little bit better.”
Wawrinka will now face Alexander Zverev who edged Adrian Mannarino 7-6(11), 6-7(7), 6-4. The German had a match point in the second before finally closing the door in three.
Zverev has won all three against Wawrinka including a 4-set quarterfinal win this year in Australia.
“It’s going to be a tough one, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “I lost to him in the Australian Open. Lost a few times to him already in the past. He’s a tough player for me to play, so it’s going to be interesting. I watched him a little bit tonight. He played also a long match. Hopefully I can deliver a great match tomorrow night.”
Rafael Nadal picked up win #1,001 fending off a set point in the second to beat Jordan Thompson 6-1, 7-6(3).
“I think I played a good first set. A lot of good shots, good winners, serving well. And then in the second, was not able to find a way to the break,” Nadal said. “He started to serve very well, I think, and I missed a couple of returns that I could do better, I should do better.”
Next will be his countryman Pablo Carreno Busta who was a winner over Norbert Gombos.
“I need to be ready to play my best against an opponent that I know is playing well and with confidence,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready to play my game and really read well, because that’s what I’m going to need.”
Ugo Humbert kept his streaking alive winning his 8th straight match after upending Marin Cilic in three. He’ll now face another Wimbledon finalist in Milos Raonic.
And Diego Schwartzman will look to clinch his first ATP Finals berth Friday against Daniil Medvedev. Schwartzman blew through qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-1 while Medvedev eased past Alex De Minaur 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Medvedev and Schwartzman got into a some words during the Russian’s win at the ATP Cup in January.
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