Khachanov back from the brink in Bastad

Rising star Karen Khachanov saved two match points before coming back to beat Ernests Gulbis at the Swedish Open on Thursday.

The young Russian saved match points at 4-5 and 5-6 in the second set before rallying to complete 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory in two hours and 10 minutes.

Khachanov is currently ranked a career-high 33rd in the world, and is now the leading Russian in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

He advanced to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final, where he will take on Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Horacio Zeballos.

Elsewhere, defending champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Thiago Monteiro 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. 

That set up a quarter-final clash with fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a repeat of last year's Swedish Open final.

Verdasco ousted Argentina's Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-2.

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