British No 3 Kyle Edmund has progressed into the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open but Aljaz Bedene crashed out of Marseille’s Open 13.
Edmund set up a meeting with top seed Milos Raonic by beating Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 3-6 6-2 after a long rain delay in Florida.
After an early exchange of breaks in the opening set, Edmund took Yen-Hsun’s serve again to lead 4-2 and managed to serve it out, fending off two break-back points.
Yen-Hsun, ranked 63 in the world, took it to a final-set decider with a single break of serve in the second but Edmund, who is eyeing a return to the British No 2 ranking, made a double breakthrough in the third to coast to victory.
He will play the world No 4 Raonic in the last eight after the Canadian beat Borna Coric in straight sets.
Raonic enjoyed safe passage to the last eight, despite having to wait for most of the day to get on court after heavy rain, but he did not hang about once there as he beat Coric 6-3 7-6 (7/2).
Third seed Jack Sock dropped only five games in a 6-4 6-1 success over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the same scoreline by which Steve Johnson, seeded fifth, beat Yoshihito Nishioka.
However, there was British disappointment in France as Aljaz Bedene suffered a straight-sets defeat to home favourite Lucas Pouille at the Open 13 in Marseille.
The 27-year-old British No 4 lost 7-5 7-5 to the Frenchman, who now will face Daniil Medvedev or Jan-Lennard Struff in the last eight
Bedene had seen off the challenge of Pouille’s compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu in the opening round but could not add a second French scalp after falling to the world No 17.
Medvedev shocked eighth seed Benoit Paire in the opening round on Wednesday, and defending champion Nick Kyrgios also advanced to the quarter-finals, easing past Malek Jaziri 6-4 6-2.
Sixth seed Richard Gasquet prevailed 7-5 6-2 against Mikhail Youzhny and another Frenchman, Gilles Simon, joined him in the last eight after beating fellow countryman Julien Benneteau in three sets.
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