Top-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino got his Singapore Tennis Open campaign off to a winning start on Thursday when he defeated Roberto Marcora of Italy 6-3, 7-5 for a place in the quarter-finals.
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Mannarino will next challenge sixth-seeded Moldovan Radu Albot, who saved three match points in a 6-7(2), 7-6(7), 6-3 victory over Yannick Hanfmann of Germany in two hours and 42 minutes. Albot saved match points at 4-5, 15/40 in the second set and at 6/7 in the tie-break.
Ten years on from their first tour-level ATP Head2Head meeting in Brisbane, wild card Matthew Ebden beat second seed and fellow Australian John Millman once again, 6-4, 6-1 in 72 minutes.
Eighth seed Soonwoo Kwon will play third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals after he won 31 of 38 first-service points to overcome Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-3, 6-4. Last week, the South Korean won his third ATP Challenger Tour title at the Biella Challenger Indoor 2 (d. Musetti).