ATP Tour: Fabio Fognini reaches Los Cabos quarters

Fabio Fognini's title defence remains on track after his three-set win, while Thanasi Kokkinakis stopped fourth seed Lucas Pouille.

Los Cabos Open champion Fabio Fognini   -  Getty Images

Defending champion Fabio Fognini moved through to the Los Cabos Open quarterfinals, while Thanasi Kokkinakis ousted Lucas Pouille.

Top seed Fognini kept his title defence on track with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers at the ATP 250 tournament on Wednesday. Fognini dropped the opening set, but the Italian rallied to set up a clash with fifth seed Taylor Fritz, who outlasted Prajnesh Gunneswaran 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

There were contrasting results for seeds Pouille and Guido Pella on the Mexican hard courts midweek. Pouille — the French fourth seed — was sent packing by Kokkinakis, who backed up his drought-breaking victory with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

 

Prior to this tournament, Kokkinakis had not claimed a tour-level win since stunning Roger Federer in March, 2018 and he will now face Radu Albot after the seventh seed defeated Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-2. Second seed Pella, meanwhile, saw off Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 to seal his eighth quarterfinal berth of the year.

Next up for Pella is South Korean qualifier Kwon Soon-woo, who trumped Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for his first ATP Tour quarterfinal.

Third seed Diego Schwartzman topped Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-0 and Mikhail Kukushkin claimed a 7-5, 7-5 win over Cameron Norrie.