Pablo Carreno Busta rebounded on his native clay after a first-round Wimbledon loss, with the second seed reaching the quarter-finals at the Hamburg Open on Thursday.
PCB dispatched fellow Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-5, 6-3 with five breaks of serve in an opening win after a bye, winning in an hour and three-quarters.
”It was his fourth match here and it was my first one, so it can be difficult,” the winner said. “I was very focused on my game, I tried to be aggressive all the time.
”I’m happy, it’s important (to go through) the first match.”
The seed now takes on Serb fifth seed Dusan Lajovic, who accounted for qualifier Alex Molcan 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-3 in two hours.
Two-time champion and third seed Nikoloz Basilashvili reached the last eight without hitting a ball when opponent Argentine Sebastian Baez handed in a walkover at the Rothenbaum Club.