Top seed Jannik Sinner continued his standout record in Sofia as he moved past Portugal’s Nuno Borges 6:3, 6:4 in the second round and secured a match in the quarter-finalst in third year in a row.
The Italian lifted the trophy on his debut in Bulgaria in 2020, before he successfully retained his title last year.
In a strong performance against Borges, Sinner hit his watertight groundstrokes with precision and power to advance after 86 minutes. The champion needed two early breaks in each set to win his 44-th victory this season.
“The first matches of each tournament are tough. I want to thank to the crowd for the support today. Sofia always has been a special place for men. My goal is ot improve my tennis match after match”, said Sinner on his on-court interview.
The 21-year-old now holds a perfect 10-0 record at the ATP 250 event and will look to improve that when he plays Australian Aleksandar Vukic or Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals.