Kyrgios sails into Atlanta quarters, Tiafoe and Chardy bundled out
Nick Kyrgios barely raised a sweat as the second seed reached the Atlanta Open quarter-finals, though Frances Tiafoe and Jeremy Chardy were not so fortunate.
Kyrgios needed just 56 minutes to dismantle American qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5 6-2 at the ATP 250 tournament on Thursday.
Champion in 2016, Australian star Kyrgios - seeking his second title of the year after triumphing in Brisbane - hit 15 aces and won 83 per cent of his service points to move through to the last eight.
"I always feel comfortable playing here," Kyrgios said. "Obviously had a fair bit of success here. I just feel comfortable. The court suits my game-style. I can serve well, I can make a couple of returns and play aggressively."
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Next up for Kyrgios, who has advanced to the quarters in four of his last five events, is Cameron Norrie.
World number 73 Norrie rallied to upstage sixth seed Chardy 5-7 6-4 6-4.
American fifth seed Frances Tiafoe was stunned 7-5 6-1 by veteran Marcos Baghdatis, who will meet Matthew Ebden after the fourth seed eased past Donald Young 6-4 6-4.