The Cypriot reaches the quarterfinals
In his second-round encounter Marcos Baghdatis, a former Australian Open finalist, knocked No2 seed Adrian Mannarino out at DIEMA XTRA Sofia Open.
The Cypriot, 32, now ranked 123 in the world, beat his French opponent 6:7 (4), 6:3, 6:1 in an hour and 55 minutes.
In the first set Mannarino had two chances for closing with breaks but Baghdatis both times came back since losing the tiebreak. From there, Baghdatis grew in confidence with a much improved performance and won next two sets easily.
In the quarterfinals the Cypriot will face the Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik for a place in the semis. Kovalik, ranked 187 in the world, was a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner over Lucas Lacko.