Adrian Mannarino seeded №5, qualified for the quarterfinals of the Sofia Open 2020. The Frenchman win in straight sets Egor Gerasimov (Belarus) – 6: 4, 7: 6 (6), thus levelling his best participation in the tournament. He reached the final eight in the inaugural edition of the event in 2016 (lost to future champion Bautista Agut).
The match started with an exchange of breaks. In the fifth game, the 32-year-old Mannarino managed for the second time to cope with Gerasimov’s pass, which later turned out to be essential for the outcome of the set – 6: 4.
In the second set, the two served on a level and did not even reach a breakthrough point. Logically, the set was decided in a tiebreak, in which Mannarino prevailed with 8: 6 points, realizing the second match ball in front of him.
In a match for a place in the semifinals, the Frenchman will meet one of the pleasant surprises in the tournament – Radu Albot. It was the Moldovan who eliminated the top seed Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16.