Aussie Ebden bows out in Memphis quarters-NewsCO

February 18, 2017

Australian Matthew Ebden has been bundled out of the Memphis Open, going down to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.

Basilashvili, who upset top-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the second round, reached his second straight ATP Tour semi-final by beating Ebden 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Basilashvili broke Ebden to finish off his match in 1 hour, 44 minutes.

The Georgian will now meet Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, who needed just 70 minutes to advance 6-0, 6-4 against fourth-seeded Steve Johnson 6-0, 6-4.

Johnson won his first career ATP title at Nottingham last summer and came into this event ranked 30th.

Against Kukushkin, Johnson managed to save only one of the six break points.

No. 2 seed John Isner plays fellow American Donald Young on Friday night at The Racquet Club. The winner will play American Ryan Harrison or Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the other semi-final.

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