Big guns score impressive victories to reach the quarter-finals in Acapulco

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson powered into the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco after defeating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Thursday.

The world no. 8 won in straight-sets – 6-3, 6-4 – to set up a quarter-final encounter with South Korea’s Hyeon Chung.

Hyeon Chung returned to action last week at Delray Beach after his amazing Australian Open run, but lost to Frances Tiafoe in a close quarter-final match. Now in Mexico, the South Korean is back up and firing, putting up a rock solid performance to beat his coeval Ernesto Escobedo 6-3 6-1.

Escobedo scored his first top 10 win yesterday against Jack Sock, but he had nothing left in the tank today, staying on the court for just 66 minutes and losing 50% of the points on his serve to get broken four times.

A month and a half after their first meeting at the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev and Peter Gojowczyk had to battle again here in Acapulco, and the younger and better-ranked German scored a 7-6 6-3 triumph to book his place in the quarter-final, claiming his seventh win of the season.

Zverev will next play Ryan Harrison who edged Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

In the other match, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro booked his place in the quarters with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over David Ferrer after a gruelling 2 hours and 23 minutes.

Third seed and 2016 champion Dominic Thiem showed no signs of the struggles he had in the opening round against Cameron Norrie as he fired past Denis Shapovalov to join the quarter-final train, scoring a 6-2 6-3 win in 75 minutes.

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