Nigerian number one, Joseph Imeh, defeated Kushimo Usman 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals at the ongoing 3rd EMP National Open Tennis Championship.
In the round of 16 match decided on Wednesday at the National Tennis Centre, Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Imeh dug deep to beat stubborn Usman.
Also Nigerian number 5, Musa Muhammed, edged highly rated Attah Isaac 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last eight.
Junior international, Wilson Igbinovia outlasted Philip Sunday 6-4, 5-0 rtd to set up a quarterfinal clash with Chima Michael while old war horse Henry Atseye overpowered Osewa Micheal 6-1, 3-0 rtd.
Promising star Oparaoji Uche humbled Adehi Oche 6-4, 6-3 in the keenly contested encounter.
In the female category, Dala Hard Court champion, Edward Marylove thrashed Okhinaye Destiny 6-1, 6-1 to cruise into the quarterfinal in grand style.
Aiyegbusi Aanu also continued her title chase with a victory over Omotayo Blessing in 6-0, 6-0.
Action returns on Thursday with mouthwatering quarterfinal matches at the national Tennis Centre in Abuja.