World no. 8 and the defending champion Karen Khachanov is through to the quarter-final in Moscow after a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber. The encounter lasted for two hours and 23 minutes and the Russian had to save five match points to prevail and avoid another early exit, earning only the 27th victory in 2019.
It was their fifth clash and the second win for the Russian who claimed three points less than his rival, fending off six out of eight break chances and earning two breaks from four opportunities created. The struggling German was the better player in the opening set, dropping seven points in five service games and collecting a break at love in game six after a forehand mistake from Karen, sealing the opener after another error from the Russian in game nine for a 6-3.
The 7th seed Adrian Mannarino ousted Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes, getting broken twice and delivering four successful return games to prevail in straight sets. They traded early breaks and it was the Frenchman who had the opportunity to close the set before the tie break, wasting three set points at 5-4 and getting broken in the very next game.
The 4th seed Dusan Lajovic took down a qualifier Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes, beating the Czech for the first time. Serving at 74%, the Serb faced only two break points, failing to finish the job in straight sets before starting all over in the decider where he waited for a chance on the return patiently.
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