Quebecer Gabriel Diallo is on a roll at the National Bank Championships in Granby, having defeated German Cedric-Marcel Stebe, seventh seed of the tournament, in the second round on Thursday.
It was one of the most important victories of the 20-year-old's career, defeating the 243rd player in the world in three sets of 6-4, 4-6 and 7 -6(2). The match lasted 2h 23m and was marked by five breaks of service on each side.
Diallo, ranked 519th, however, had the upper hand in the third set by making the mini-break when the two men were neck and neck at 6-6. Effective in return, he notably won 39% of the points on Stebe's first ball and 58% on the second.
With the balls in hand, the Montrealer nevertheless had difficulty placing his first service on the line (57%), but this proved devastating once the rally began, with Diallo winning 71% of rallies. He also scored 10 aces.
In the quarter-finals, the local favorite will face the winner of the duel between American Omni Kumar and Tunisian Aziz Dougaz.