Greek Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis is on a career-best run at an ATP 250 event in Geneva this week, advancing to his first tour-level quarterfinal on clay.
The 26-year-old Australian entered the occasion with solely two professional wins on clay each recorded throughout a third-round run at Roland Garros in 2015.
Now seven years later, Kokkinakis is proving as soon as once more he’s a clay-court risk.
The world No.85 scored a steely 1-6 7-5 7-5 win towards seventh-seeded Argentine Federico Delbonis in second-round motion in a single day, serving eight aces within the two-hour and 27-minute battle.
World No.8 Casper Ruud awaits within the quarterfinals, the place Kokkinakis will purpose to document his first top-10 win since beating then-world No.1 Roger Federer at Miami in March 2018.
Kokkinakis is the final Australian standing in Geneva after qualifier Chris O’Connell was eradicated by fourth seed Reilly Opelka within the second spherical.
Aussies in motion – Geneva
Men’s singles, second spherical
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d  Federico Delbonis (ARG) 1-6 7-5 7-5
 Reilly Opelka (USA) d [Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) 6-3 7-5
Men’s singles, quarterfinals
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v  Casper Ruud (NOR)