Rhyne Williams progressed to his second career Challenger quarterfinal Wednesday, beating fellow qualifier Walter Trusendi 6-1, 6-4 at the Garden Open in Rome, a $50,000 Challenger event.
Williams, who will move into the top 300 when the new rankings are released, now faces Jerzy Janowicz on Poland for a spot in the semifinals. Janowicz upset world No. 84 and top-ranked Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in his second-round match.
Williams is currently ranked No. 333 and has been climbing the ATP singles ladder steadily since opening 2012 ranked No. 510. Earlier this year, he became the first Vol since Chris Woodruff in 2001 to appear in a ATP Masters 1000 event when he qualified for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
In Florida: All Vols advanced to the next round at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures in Florida on Wednesday as well, with John-Patrick Smith and Tennys Sandgren progressing to the second round of singles and Smith and Ben Rogers advancing to the doubles semifinals.
Smith defeated wild card Jonathan Ho 6-0, 6-2, while Sandgren moved past Ty Trombetta 6-2, 6-2. Both former Vols are seeded second and third respectively.
Smith and Rogers weathered two rain delays before beating Clayton Almeida and Josh Zavala 6-7 (5), 6-1, [10-4].