Two days after winning the second victory of his career on the ATP circuit, Constant Lestienne qualified for his first quarter-final, at age 30, by beating Alejandro Tabilo on the side of San Diego.
Constant Lestienne did well to make the trip to San Diego! The world No. 76, who has climbed the rankings throughout this season thanks to his very good results on the Challenger circuit, took his first victory in the main draw of an ATP tournament in four years on Tuesday, and on Thursday , he qualified for his first quarter-final! The 30-year-old easily beat the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo, ranked six places ahead of him and who eliminated him in qualifying for the Australian Open in January, 6-1, 6-3 in 1:05. Author of 8 aces and 62% of first serves, the native of Amiens only lost his service once during this match. He entered his meeting perfectly by leading 4-0, then concluded at 5-1 on his third set point. The start of the second set went the same way, with a break to lead 3-0, but the Chilean finally woke up and broke on his first chance of the set to come back at 3-3. Lestienne had to save another break point at 3-3, and finally it was he who took his opponent’s serve at 4-3 and ended with a shutout. Here he is virtually 67th in the world!
And now, Evans!
But the French will have a lot to do if he wants to reach the last four, because he will face the seeded n ° 1 and 25th in the world, Dan Evans, who dominated Taro Daniel in two sets (6-4, 6-4) , with a decisive break at 3-3 in the first set and 4-4 in the second, on his first opportunity. Also qualifying for the No. 2 seed, the American Jenson Brooksby, who fought for three sets to defeat his compatriot Mackenzie McDonald: 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. There will be a total of three Americans in the quarter-finals, as Brandon Nakashima also qualified, beating Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4thanks in particular to 12 aces and without having break points to defend.