European Open: Andy Murray takes out Cuevas, moves into quarterfinals

There was another encouraging performance from Andy Murray in Antwerp as he saw the back of eighth seed Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray will next face Marius Copil in the quarterfinals.   -  Getty Images

Andy Murray moved into the quarterfinals by beating Pablo Cuevas after the top three seeds crashed out of the European Open, while Fabio Fognini was dumped out in Stockholm on Thursday.

Murray produced another encouraging performance in Antwerp, reaching the last eight of a singles tournament for the second time since returning to the ATP Tour following a hip resurfacing operation in January.

The former World No. 1 saw off eighth seed Cuevas 6-4, 6-3 after saving all four break points he faced, winning 82 per cent of points on his first serve and 74 per cent behind his second.

Assuring display

Murray started strongly and dominated from the back of the court, finishing Cuevas off with back-to-back aces to ensure he will take on Marius Copil.

Copil ousted Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), while top seed Gael Monfils went down 6-3, 6-2 to 18-year-old Italian outsider Jannik Sinner and David Goffin, the second seed, was thumped 6-3, 6-1 by Ugo Humbert in his homeland.

Jan-Lennard Struff was another seed to fall in the second round, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Frances Tiafoe.

Tipsarevic beats Fognini

Janko Tipsarevic's retirement will have to wait until another day after he hammered ATP Finals contender Fognini 6-1, 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. Tipsarevic lost just four points on his first serve and will take on lucky loser Yuichi Sugita, who beat Stefano Travaglia in straight sets.

 

Fourth seed Denis Shapovalov got the better of Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in the Swedish capital, with Pablo Carreno Busta and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe also victorious.

Marin Cilic beat fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to book a Kremlin Cup quarterfinal showdown with Jeremy Chardy, who came out on top against Miomir Kecmanovic.

Andrey Rublev and lucky loser Nikola Milojevic came through their second-round matches versus Egor Gerasimov and Alen Avidzba respectively in Moscow.