Ebden upsets Fritz to reach Memphis quarters
Matt Ebden has continued his stunning run at the Memphis Open to reach his first ATP quarterfinal in almost five years.
Matt Ebden has advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Memphis Open with a gritty victory over last year’s finalist Taylor Fritz.
Ebden, a qualifier, beat the American 6-4 4-6 6-3 in one hour, 42 minutes, breaking Fritz’s serve five times and winning three-quarters of his own first-serve points.
The West Australian has now won four matches on the trot this week in Memphis and will next line up against Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The Georgian upset top seed Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to reach the last eight.
Ebden, who missed seven months of 2016 due to a persistent knee injury, has reached an ATP quarterfinal for the first time since Atlanta in 2012.
He is currently ranked No.490 and is using a protected ranking to contest ATP events; last week he reached the second round in Quito, Ecuador.
Ebden is the last remaining Australian in the Memphis Open draw after Bernard Tomic and Jordan Thompson were earlier eliminated.