In the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will play with Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
Yesterday, at the 1/8 finals stage, Adrian made the main sensation of the tournament and won a strong-willed victory over Andrey Rublev. The 33-year-old Frenchman lost the first set with a score of 5:7, but then he managed to win the second game on a tie-break – 7:6 (7:4). In the decisive game, Mannarino showed even more confident tennis and eventually won the set with a score of 6:3 in games.
The 31-year-old representative of Lithuania got into the main draw of the Kremlin Cup due to the refusal of one of the players after the qualification. In the semi-finals of qualification Berankis beat Denis Popko from Kazakhstan - 6:4; 6:1. In the final of qualification Ricardas lost to Croatian Born Goyo – 6:4; 5:7; 4:6. Then, already in the 1/16 finals, Berankis beat Russian tennis player Evgeny Donskoy in two sets – 6:1; 6:3. Yesterday, at the 1/8 finals stage, the representative of Lithuania confirmed the status of the favorite of the match and easily beat Federico Coria from Argentina in two sets – 6:2; 6:1.
Adrian Mannarino and Ricardas Berankis have played together many times. In the last five matches, the representative of France won four times, but the tennis players have not played among themselves since 2018.
Given the form of Adrian Mannarino, which he was able to score at this tournament, as well as his ability to win strong-willed victories, it is still hard to believe that Ricardas Berankis will be able to make a sensation, and we will put a poet on the victory of the representative of France.