Aussie Duckworth advances in Sofia Open

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James Duckworth has made it a trio of Australians through to the last 16 of the ATP Tour's Sofia Open after a hard-fought win over Emil Ruusuvuori.

The world No.56 defeated Ruusuvuori 3-6 6-4 6-4 to join compatriots Alex de Minaur and John Millman in the next round.

Duckworth and Ruusuvuori went shot for shot, with both players converting four out of eight break points.

The Sydneysider sent down 11 aces, compared to the Finn's 10, and won just three points more in a see-sawing encounter.

Duckworth will now take on Frenchman Benoit Paire for a place in the quarter-final.

No.3 seed de Minaur, who received a bye, will meet Marcos Giron after the American defeated Spain's Jaume Munar 6-7 (7-2) 6-1 6-4.

Millman will now do battle with Illya Marchenko, who triumphed Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-2, for a place in the quarters where the winner takes on either de Minaur or Giron.

Jannik Sinner is the top seed for the tournament with Frenchman Gael Monfils seeded No.2.

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