Day 4 Preview: Dubai Will Have First-Time Finalists

Lucas Pouille (FRA)

A preview of men's quarter-finals at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

  • The quarter-final matches at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will all take place on Thursday. The tournament will see new names added to its roll of honoir, as none of the eight remaining competitors have previously made it to the final.
  • The first match on Centre Court will see No. 3 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain take on Croatia’s Borna Coric. Bautista Agut, now a two-time quarter-finalist in Dubai, is into the final eight of a tournament for the first time since his title run in Auckland in the second week of the season. The Spaniard has won three of his four meetings with Coric, but the Croatian has had success in Dubai since his first appearance at the event, when he ousted Andy Murray as a lucky loser in 2015. Coric picked up another upset this year, eliminating No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet in the first round.
  • Second up on Centre Court is a matchup between two wild cards at differing ends of the experience spectrum, 34-year- old Malek Jaziri of Tunisia and 19-year- old Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece. Jaziri claimed the first Top 10 win of his career in the first round, when he shocked World No. 4 and top seed Grigor Dimitrov en route to his second Dubai quarter-final. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas, the youngest player in the draw, outlasted No. 6 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber yesterday to advance to the first ATP World Tour 500 quarter-final of his career.
  • Following that match, No. 2 seed Lucas Pouille from France will square off against 8th-seeded Yuichi Sugita of Japan. Pouille defeated Karen Khachanov in the previous round, exacting revenge for the Russian’s win over Pouille in the Marseille final last week. While Pouille is hoping to make Dubai his second title of the season, after winning at Montpellier, Sugita would like to claim the second title of his career, to go with his championship trophy from Antalya last year.
  • Rounding out singles play on Thursday will be the match between No. 7 seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy. Both the Serb and the Russian had surprising runs at ATP World Tour events last season which made headlines. Krajinovic raced to the first and heretofore only singles final of his career at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris, as a qualifier ranked No. 77 in the world. Donskoy’s moment of notoriety during 2017 came right here in Dubai, when he earned the biggest win of his career in the second round over Roger Federer, coming back from deficits in the second set, the third set, and the decisive tiebreak.

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