ATP Antalya & Delray Beach wraps: Polarising days at two men’s tournaments
ANOTHER big day at the Antalya Open saw mostly a clean sweep from the top players, bar an excellent win from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who downed third seed Fabio Fognini in the lone three-setter of the day. Three tiebreak sets told the tale of the almost-three hour 7-6 6-7 7-6 matchup, with Chardy reigning supreme in the tight encounter.
But while Fognini was unsuccessful, all six remaining seeds maintained control in their respective matches, with top seed Matteo Berrettini, second seed Belgian David Goffin and Australian Alex de Minaur collecting solid wins on their way to the quarter finals. Berrettini and de Minaur took on a duo of qualifying Bulgarians in Dimitar Kuzmanov and Adrian Andreev to come away with respective straight sets wins, while fifth seed German Jan-Lennard Struff arguably came away with the easiest result of the day – not taking the court due to a wallkover from Frenchman Hugo Grenier.
Stefano Travaglia, Alexander Bublik and Nikoloz Basilashvili also joined the winners list in tighter battles than the aforementioned matches, set to continue their solid form in the next round.
ANTALYA OPEN ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
 Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated [Q] Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 6-2 6-3
 David Goffin (BEL) defeated Nicola Kuhn (ESP) 6-0 6-2
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) defeated  Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-6 6-7 7-6
 Alex de Minaur (AUS) defeated [Q] Adrian Andreev (BUL) 6-3 6-1
 Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) defeated Hugo Grenier (FRA) W/O
 Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated [WC] Altug Celikbilek (TUR) 7-6 6-4
Stefano Travaglia (ITA) defeated Tristan Lamasine (FRA) 6-2 6-4
 Alexander Bublik (KAZ) defeated Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 7-6 6-3
At the Delray Beach Open, things went a little different to both Turkey’s proceedings and its own Round of 32 results, with plenty of homegrown American talent falling prior to the quarter finals. Four seeds fell too, with two of the players offered byes due to their seeding – Adrian Mannarino and Cristian Garin – falling to lower ranked opposition.
Top seed Garin was blown out of the water by American qualifier Christian Harrison, with the tight first set going the way of the developing talent, who ranks outside the top 700, before Harrison took out the second in convincing fashion to win 7-6 6-2. Cameron Norrie came away with the chocolates against Mannarino, while American seeded pair Tommy Paul and Sam Querrey were the additional seeds to fall in the Round of 16, with qualifying compatriot Sebastian Korda and Italian Gianluca Mager joining the winners list in the process. Korda’s win against Paul marked his first ATP quarter finals berth.
“It’s special [to make the quarter-finals],” Korda said. “The last time I played here I won the [Boys] 18s Clay Courts, so I have some good memories from here. It’s a special place and the crowd.”
As for the successful seeds, Americans John Isner (second) and Frances Tiafoe (eighth) both came away with quality wins, with the latter defeating a fellow compatriot Bjorn Fratangelo, while fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz and qualifier Roberto Quiroz also reigned supreme in their respective matches.
DELRAY BEACH ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Cameron Norrie (GBR) defeated  Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-2 7-5
[Q] Christian Harrison (USA) defeated  Cristian Garin (CHI) 7-6 6-2
 John Isner (USA) defeated Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4 7-6
 Hubert Hurkacz (HUN) defeated Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 6-2 6-2
[Q] Sebastian Korda (USA) defeated  Tommy Paul (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-2
Gianluca Mager (ITA) defeated  Sam Querrey (USA) 7-6 6-1
 Frances Tiafoe (USA) defeated Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-4 3-6 6-1
[Q] Roberto Quiroz (COL) defeated Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-2 6-4