Jordan Thompson is set to improve on his career-high ranking after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Dallas Open.
Jordan Thompson is showing some imperious form as he joins fellow Australian James Duckworth as a quarterfinalist at the Dallas Open,
In two match wins so far at the ATP 250 tournament, Thompson has surrendered only six games and recorded a total of three unforced errors.
Thompson’s latest victory – achieved against lucky loser Denis Kudla 6-1 6-1 in just over an hour – will see the current No.44 improve on his previous-best world No.43 ranking (set in 2019) in the next release of the rankings.
The Australian dominated from start to finish against his world No.174 opponent, taking a 4-1 lead in the opening set and with a second break of serve in the fifth game, easily closing out the first set.
He secured breaks in the first, fifth and final game of the second set to secure a convincing victory.
Thompson will take justifiable confidence into a quarterfinal showdown with No.3 seed Ben Shelton. Against Kudla, he fired seven aces among 21 winners, recorded zero double faults and saved all three face points he faced.
The 29-year-old Sydneysider registered only three unforced errors, almost matching his perfect opening-round performance against Adam Neff, in which he didn’t record a single error.
The victory sees Thompson progress to a 19th ATP-level quarterfinal and fourth at the Dallas tournament. It follows an impressive start to the season for the No.3 Australian, who defeated No.4 seed Ugo Humbert and prolific champion Rafael Nadal to reach the semifinalist in Brisbane.
Rinky Hijikata bowed out at the ATP tournament, exiting in straight sets to No.8 seed Dominik Koepfer.
Aussies in action – Dallas
Men’s singles, second round
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1 6-1
Dominik Koepfer (GER) d Rinky Hijikata (AUS) 6-3 7-6(5)
Men’s singles, quarterfinals
James Duckworth (AUS) v  Adrian Mannarino OR Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) v  Ben Shelton
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