Lorenzi upsets Ramos-Vinolas at Sydney tennis meet

Paolo Lorenzi of Italy returns the ball during the men's singles semifinal match against his compatriot Alessandro Giannessi at the ATP Croatia Open 2017 in Umag, Croatia, on July 22, 2017. Paolo Lorenzi won 2-1. (Xinhua/Slavko Midzor/IANS)

Sydney, Italian tennis player Paolo Lorenzi on Wednesday stunned Sydney International first seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the second round, while Spaniard Feliciano Lopez advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Lorenzi needed two hours and three minutes to defeat his Spanish rival, world No. 22, 6-3, 7-5, reports Efe.

“I think today I was playing a really good match. We are good friends so it was not an easy match … but yeah I’m happy,” said the 36-year-old Italian victor.

“This tournament for me is really, really strong — I am not seeded but there is not a big difference between the ranking of the other players,” world No.45 Lorenzi added, according to the tournament’s official website.

Lorenzi is set to play the quarter-final against Russian Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Jared Donaldson of the United States 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

In the same round, Lopez for his part will face off against Alex De Minaur of Australia in the quarter-finals after he knocked out Schwartzman 6-3, 7-6(1).