ATP Tour

Khachanov fells Sousa to advance in Chengdu

2016-09-27 16:49
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Beijing - Up-and-coming Russian Karen Khachanov felled 7th-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal at the ATP Chengdu Open Tuesday to advance to the second round.

The 20-year-old, 1.98m (6'6") right-hander powered past Sousa 7-6(3), 6-3 in 77 minutes to face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round.

"It's a very good match for me," Khachanov said, according to an ATP report. "I'm very happy with my performance. I like the court, I like the crowd, so I was enjoying playing the match."

Thirty-year-old South African Kevin Anderson smoothly dispatched Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-2, 6-4. He will face Australia's Nick Kyrgios, the second seed and number 15 in the ATP rankings, in the next round.

Serbian Dusan Lajovic fought back from a dropped first set to beat Federico Del Bonis of Argentina 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round he will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, now ranked 21st in the world.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus traded hard-fought sets with Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta when the match was suspended in the final set due to rain.

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