Japan Open: Mochizuki moves into quarter-finals, shocks top seed Fritz

Shintaro Mochizuki edged out Taylor Fritz 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Thursday and will face Australian Alexei Popyrin in the next round

Shintaro Mochizuki Shintaro Mochizuki (Aflo/Panoramic)
Kinoshita Group Japan Open Tennis Championships •Round of 16 • completed
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Japanese wildcard Shintaro Mochizuki advanced to the last eight of the Japan Open by edging out American Taylor Fritz, the top seed, 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on Thursday.

Mochizuki is the only Japanese man left in the field, and this was his first-ever top 10 win – indeed, only the second ATP Tour win of his career.

Mochizuki, ranked No 215, will play Australian Alexei Popyrin next.

Ahead of his victory, the 20-year-old Japanese beat Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry (6-4, 7-6 (5)).

Fritz, ranked No 10, won against Cameron Norrie (6-4, 6-3) in the previous round of the Tokyo Open.

Tokyo ATP500, other second-round results (Ariake Colosseum, hard, USD 2.013.940, most recent results first):

  • Zhizhen Zhang vs. Aslan Karatsev
  • Alex De Minaur (4) beat Diego Schwartzman: 6-0, 7-5
  • Alexei Popyrin beat Cristian Garin (Q): 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2
  • Ben Shelton beat Jordan Thompson: 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
  • Marcos Giron (Q) beat Casper Ruud (2): 6-3, 6-4
  • Tommy Paul (5) beat Mackenzie McDonald: 6-4, 6-2
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime (8) beat Sebastian Ofner: 6-4, 6-1

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