Hardly breaking a sweat, Lloyd Harris secured a quarterfinal berth at the Launceston International in Tasmania, Australia on Thursday.
The South African beat local favourite Harry Bourchier in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in 46 minutes to march into the next round.
“It’s always a little bit tough when you’re playing in front of a guy that has the crowd cheering for him,” Harris told the Tasmania Examiner.
“Every mistake I made they were clapping. It’s not always easy, but I stayed focused.
“I played one or two clinical points early on and that kind of set the tone.”
The number one seeded Harris will be looking to win his third career ATP Challenger Tour title and will next go up against Spain’s Nicola Kuhn in Friday’s quarterfinal.
The South African has climbed eight places in the recent ATP World rankings after qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time this year.
The rising tennis star last year won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title at Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, United States before adding the Stockton Pro Open title.