Novak Djokovic said there were "not too many negatives" from a second-round victory over Go Soeda in the Japan Open on Wednesday.

The world number one, playing in his first tournament since retiring from the US Open with a shoulder injury, moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-5 defeat of wildcard Soeda.

Veteran outsider Soeda put up a fight in his homeland, but Djokovic broke four times and won 81 per cent of points behind his first serve to set up an encounter with Lucas Pouille in Tokyo.

Djokovic was broken when serving for the match with a 5-3 lead and Soeda saved three match points before being consigned to defeat.

The top seed said: "I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early.

"I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn't serve that well that game, allowing him to break back and come back to the match,

"But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly. I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that's why we give him credit. But from my side, I'm really pleased."

Pouille eased to a 6-1 6-2 victory over another Japanese contender in the form of Yoshihito Nishioka.

Reilly Opelka saw the back of Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2), while Yasutaka Uchiyama also progressed to the last eight in his homeland. 

David Goffin, John Millman and Lloyd Harris were first-round winners on day three.

Alex de Minaur claimed a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino in the final of the Zhuhai Championships to earn his third ATP Tour title of the year.

Only Rafael Nadal has collected more championships in 2019 than the young Australian, who wore his opponent down on Sunday.

De Minaur had earlier beaten Andy Murray in an impressive, energetic display, before dumping out a pair of higher seeds in Borna Coric and Roberto Bautista Agut.

The 20-year-old, who is set to rise to 25th in the rankings, forged 13 break point opportunities against Mannarino but only took one.

That came from the final point of the match, with De Minaur getting the job done despite a scoreboard that perhaps gave Mannarino more credit than he deserved.

Alex de Minaur produced a superb display to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut and set up a Zhuhai Open final with Adrian Mannarino.

The Australian, who accounted for Andy Murray in round two, dominated in a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of the world number 10.

De Minaur won 95 per cent of points on his first serve and converted four of five break points to remain firmly on track for a third title of the year.

Bautista Agut's fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas also suffered semi-final disappointment as Mannarino burst out of the blocks in a 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory.

The Frenchman won the opening seven games and will hope to recapture that form in pursuit of a second ATP Tour title on Sunday.

There was some joy for Spain in Chengdu, where Pablo Carreno Busta booked a final showdown with Alexander Bublik.

Carreno Busta needed just 63 minutes to overcome Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 while Bublik, who dismissed Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round, was a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 winner over Lloyd Harris.

Roberto Bautista Agut maintained his 100 per cent record against Andreas Seppi as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Zhuhai Open on Friday.

The Spaniard made it four straight wins against Seppi, with the 6-2 6-2 result not just securing a place in the last four of the tournament but also strengthening his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals.

"My game is getting better and that's why I'm climbing in the ATP Rankings," the world number 10 told the ATP Tour website after triumphing in one hour and 19 minutes.

Bautista Agut is joined in the semis by compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who knocked out third seed Gael Monfils 7-5 6-4 to set up a clash with Adrian Mannarino - a 6-1 6-4 winner over Damir Dzumhur.

Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur came through via a deciding set for a second successive outing. Having battled back to knock out Andy Murray in the previous round, the seventh-seeded Australian triumphed 6-2 4-6 6-4 against fourth seed Borna Coric. His reward is a showdown with Bautista Agut on Saturday.

At the Chengdu Open, Alexander Bublik battled back from the brink of defeat to upset Grigor Dimitrov, denying the fourth seed a 300th career win.

Bublik - who served 35 aces - saved two match points in the tie-break to decide the second set before eventually going on to triumph 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3). 

Next up will be South African lucky loser Lloyd Harris, who made it through to a maiden semi-final on the ATP Tour courtesy of a three-set victory over Joao Sousa.

The other side of the draw will see eighth seed Denis Shapovalov take on Pablo Carreno Busta, the pair recording respective triumphs over Egor Gerasimov and Cristian Garin in their quarter-final ties.

Andy Murray has acknowledged he struggled with the physical demands of his match against Alex De Minaur at the Zhuhai Open.

Former world number one Murray, who overcame a gruelling first-round clash with Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday, suffered a 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat to 20-year-old Australian De Minaur in the second round on Thursday.

Murray looked in sharp form in the first set, yet De Minaur started to get the better of him in set two, coming out on top in some thrilling rallies.

The Scot squandered three break points as he attempted to revive his challenge, but De Minaur triumphed with a second match point, with Murray subsequently conceding he struggled with the intensity of the play.

"Physically, I was struggling," said Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January. "My level dropped off a little bit and he capitalised on that.

"My body held up well after two pretty long matches but the rest of my body is just tired. I wasn't able to sustain it for long enough."

Quoted by BBC Sport, he added: "I played one or two good points, but then I was trying to finish the points a little bit early and shot selection goes down when you're tired."

Murray's focus will switch to Beijing and next week's China Open, while the 32-year-old will also take part in the Shanghai Masters as he continues his singles comeback.

Andy Murray's Zhuhai Open campaign was halted in the second round as he slipped to a 6-4 2-6 4-6 defeat against a dogged Alex De Minaur.

Murray, who edged past Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday, looked in good shape when he broke twice on his way to claiming the first set, but De Minaur recovered.

The 20-year-old Australian came out on top in some riveting rallies, with a sublime drop shot in set three a highlight as Murray's lack of match sharpness handed De Minaur the edge.

De Minaur had squandered two break points at the start of the third set, though he made no such mistake to take a 5-4 lead eight games later.

Former world number one Murray kept his chances alive with some exquisite shots, only to waste three break-back points.

Having then failed to take a first match point, De Minaur made his second one count – Murray's return into the net ending a contest lasting two hours and 42 minutes as the Australian progressed to a quarter-final with Borna Coric.

Murray will turn his focus to the China Open in Beijing as the British player continues his singles comeback following hip surgery.

Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas retired due to illness prior to the third set of his encounter with France's Adrian Mannarino.

Damir Dzumhur will face Mannarino in the last eight, while second seed Roberto Bautista Agut goes up against Andreas Seppi, who saved five match points in a deciding-set tie-break en route to beating Zhizhen Zhan 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (10-8).

Meanwhile, Chengdu Open top seed John Isner fell at his first hurdle as the American succumbed 6-7 (11-13) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) to Egor Gerasimov of Belarus.

Gerasimov – who will next play Denis Shapovalov – was joined in the last eight by US Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov, who marked his return to action with a 7-5 7-5 victory over Britain's Dan Evans.

Canadian second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime went down 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Portugal's Joao Sousa, Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire, while Chile's Cristian Garin dispatched Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

Novak Djokovic bowed out of the US Open against Stan Wawrinka, while Roger Federer cruised into the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Wawrinka looked in fine form and was two-sets-to-love up when Djokovic, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, retired on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The world number one and defending champion's exit has opened up the top half of the draw, although Federer is starting to find some better form in New York.

 

DJOKOVIC DEPARTS AMID SHOULDER STRUGGLES

Wawrinka was leading Djokovic 6-4 7-5 2-1 when the Serbian retired, having earlier again received treatment on his left shoulder.

In a rematch of the 2016 final, Wawrinka – then the champion in four sets – looked in good form as he took control of the fourth-round clash.

The Swiss three-time grand slam champion has struggled with injuries in recent years, but seems to be getting close to his best form again.

The quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows add to his run to the last eight at the French Open.

 

FEDERER IN A RUSH

Federer, the five-time champion, needed just 79 minutes to thrash Belgian 15th seed David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0.

The 20-time major champion mixed 35 winners with 17 unforced errors in a ruthless victory.

Federer dropped the opening set in the first two rounds, but has now lost just nine games in his past two wins.

MEDVEDEV RUN CONTINUES, DIMITROV RESURGENT

Next up for Wawrinka is Daniil Medvedev, who continued his run with a 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2) win over qualifier Dominik Koepfer.

No player has more wins than the Russian on the ATP Tour this year and Medvedev is still embracing his villain status with the crowd in New York.

His win saw him move into the quarter-finals at a grand slam for the first time, with a tough clash against Wawrinka awaiting him.

Grigor Dimitrov moved into his first US Open quarter-final by beating Alex de Minaur 7-5 6-3 6-4.

The Bulgarian has reached the last eight at majors four times previously, but his clash against Federer will be his first grand slam quarter-final since the 2018 Australian Open.

Former finalist John Isner edged into the Western & Southern Open second round, while Alex de Minaur also moved through on Sunday.

Isner, runner-up in 2013, was pushed before the 13th seed overcame Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 7-5 at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

The American has endured a tough start to the hard-court swing in North America, winning just two of five matches heading into the tournament in Cincinnati.

Isner served 27 aces to get past Lajovic and will face either Pablo Carreno Busta or Gilles Simon in the second round.

De Minaur also progressed thanks to a 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2 victory over Italian Marco Cecchinato.

The Australian will meet either Croatian 12th seed Borna Coric or American wildcard Reilly Opelka.

Alex de Minaur earned his second ATP Tour title of 2019 by beating Taylor Fritz in the Atlanta Open final.

Australian third seed De Minaur claimed the Atlanta trophy with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win in Georgia on Sunday.

After winning January's Sydney International, De Minaur was too good for second seed Fritz as he celebrated his second career triumph.

De Minaur was flawless on serve, dropping just 10 points en route to a straight-sets victory after one hour, 17 minutes.

The 20-year-old also did not face a break point throughout against American Fritz, who was denied his second title of the year.

Alex de Minaur and Taylor Fritz will meet in the Atlanta Open final after three-set wins on Saturday.

De Minaur battled past Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in their semi-final at the ATP 250 tournament.

Opelka served 28 aces, but De Minaur – the third seed – managed to break twice in the final set, with the American only able to win four return points.

De Minaur, 20, moved into his fourth ATP Tour final and second of the year, the Australian eyeing his second title when he faces Fritz in the decider.

Fritz was also tested before getting past Cameron Norrie 6-1 3-6 6-3 on the back of 15 aces.

The American second seed, 21, is into his third ATP Tour decider as he looks to add to the title he won at Eastbourne last month.

Alex de Minaur advanced to the Atlanta Open semi-finals, while fellow seed Taylor Fritz also progressed on Friday.

De Minaur benefited from a retirement against fellow Australian Bernard Tomic as he set up a clash with Reilly Opelka.

Third seed De Minaur was leading 6-2 3-0 when Tomic retired due to a hand injury at the ATP 250 tournament in Georgia.

"The less time you can spend on court is always to your advantage. It's going to be hopefully some hot, humid weather, which I was expecting coming into this week," De Minaur said. "I'm happy to be where I am and now onto the next [match]."

Next up for De Minaur is Opelka, who reached his second Atlanta semi after outlasting Daniel Evans 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

American second seed Fritz, meanwhile, saw off Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 7-6 (7-1) thanks to 11 aces and no break points faced.

Cameron Norrie awaits Fritz after the Brit overcame Alexei Popyrin 7-5 6-4.

Bernard Tomic reached his second quarter-final of the year, while Alex de Minaur and Taylor Fritz are also into the last eight at the Atlanta Open.

Tomic, who has struggled in 2019, overcame fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at the ATP 250 event on Thursday.

A former top-20 player, Tomic is set to return to the top 100 after his run in Georgia.

He served 12 aces against Ebden, who struggled with his serve, finishing with 10 double faults.

Tomic will meet De Minaur in an all-Australian quarter-final after the third seed brushed past Bradley Klahn 6-4 6-4.

Fritz, the second seed, was too good for qualifier Kevin King 6-2 6-3.

The American will meet Miomir Kecmanovic, who upset eighth seed Ugo Humbert 6-2 6-2.

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