Duckworth advances to Pune quarterfinals
World No.96 James Duckworth advances to quarterfinals in ATP tournament in India.
Australia’s James Duckworth has advanced to his first ATP-level quarterfinal in over four years.
The 28-year-old scored a hard-fought 6-7(4) 7-6(6) 6-3 victory over Taro Daniel in Pune, needing two hours and 52 minutes to overcome the No.102-ranked Japanese player.
It propels Duckworth, who hit 16 aces in the victory, into a quarterfinal with No.174-ranked Italian qualifier Roberto Marcora.
This is Duckworth’s third career ATP quarterfinal, last advancing to the final eight at this level at Nice in May 2015.
Victory over the 30-year-old Marcora, who Duckworth has never previously played, would qualify the Australian for his first tour-level semifinal.
Matthew Ebden’s doubles run ended in the quarterfinals. Teaming with Indian veteran Leander Paes, the duo were beaten by all-Indian combination Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2 6-1.