No. 2 seed Jack Sock of the US cruised into the quarter-finals of the OEC Kaohsiung ATP Challenger yesterday with a straight sets victory over Nicolas Barrientos of Colombia. The 20-year-old 2010 US Open junior title winner needed just over an hour to down his 312th-ranked opponent 6-4, 6-2.
Earlier in the day, qualifier Yuki Bhambri of India beat No. 7 seed Yuichi Sugita of Japan 7-6 (7/5), 7-5. The 477th-ranked former junior world No. 1 and 2009 junior Australian Open champion will face Alejandro Gonzalez for a place in the semi-finals after the Colombian world No. 114 beat Shuichi Sekiguchi in straight sets. The No. 4 seed won his encounter against the Japanese world No. 276 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
In the day’s other singles showdown John-Patrick Smith won an all-Australian clash against Greg Jones 6-4, 6-4.
In the doubles, top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia had few problems in their quarter-final against US pair Michael Russell and Rajeev Ram, winning 6-2, 6-3.
Things were not so straightforward for third seeds Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, but the duo from the Philippines bounced back after losing the first set to defeat Chen Ti of Taiwan and Lim Yong-kyu South Korea 4-6, 6-1, 13-11.
Later Taiwan’s Wang Chieh-fu and Bhambri teamed up to down Japanese duo Yuichi Sugita and Arata Onozawa 6-3, 6-4.
Today sees the clash between Taiwan’s top two players, Lu Yen-hsun and Jimmy Wang, for a place in the semi-finals. They have played each other 10 times during their professional careers, with Lu holding a slim 6-4 win advantage, although he has emerged victorious their past three meetings.
In the other singles quarter-finals Bhambri will face Gonzalez, Sock takes on Smith and No. 6 seed Matthew Ebden of Australia plays South Korea’s Lim.