ATLANTA: Canadian top seed Milos Raonic was ousted from the ATP Atlanta Open on Wednesday as US teen Brandon Nakashima rallied to advance into the quarter-finals.

Nakashima, ranked 115th in the world, outlasted world number 22 Raonic 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) after two hours and 12 minutes.

Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, was a wildcard entrant who had not played since Miami in March due to a nagging calf injury.

Nakashima, who turns 20 on Tuesday, is coming off a run to his first ATP final last week at Los Cabos, Mexico, where he lost to Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

Nakashima will play for a spot in the semi-finals on Friday against Australian Jordan Thompson, who defeated German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

Also advancing was US fifth seed Taylor Fritz, who downed compatriot Steve Johnson 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1.

Italian second seed Jannik Sinner, ranked 23rd, plays for a spot in the quarter-finals on Thursday against Aussie qualifier Christopher O’Connell.

Published in Dawn, July 30th, 2021

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