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Pospisil Makes Winning Debut; Former Champ Tursunov Advances

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Pospisil© Edwin Verhoef/Topshelf OpenVasek Pospisil makes a winning debut at the Topshelf Open.

Sixth seed Vasek Pospisil enjoyed his debut at the Topshelf Open on Monday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, beating Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-5 in a rain-delayed contest. The Canadian won 72 per cent of his service points and broke Lajovic twice, including in the 11th game of the second set immediately after the rain delay, to prevail in 86 minutes.

The 23-year-old Pospisil snapped an eight-match losing run on the ATP World Tour by reaching the second round at The Queen’s Club last week. He is looking to reach his first quarter-final since the first week of the season, when he was a semi-finalist at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Wawrinka).

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Fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov needed 77 minutes to beat Bradley Klahn 6-3, 7-6(3). The Russian converted two of his seven break points to record his 14th win of the season. The 31-year-old Tursunov won this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament on his debut in 2011 (d. Dodig).

Tursunov goes on to face wild card Thiemo de Bakker, who won an all-Dutch clash with Igor Sijsling 6-4, 7-6(4). World No. 143 de Bakker claimed just his third tour-level win of the season.

Spaniard Marcel Granollers, the No. 4 seed, failed to hold onto his lead in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to German Benjamin Becker. Both players created 10 break point chances; Granollers capitalised on two, while Becker converted three.

Granollers was making his first appearance since Roland Garros, where he reached the Round of 16 in singles (l. to Raonic) and final in doubles (w/M. Lopez).

Top seed and two-time former champion David Ferrer has been forced to withdraw from ‘s-Hertogenbosch due to illness. His place in the draw is filled by lucky loser, Paolo Lorenzi.

World No. 68 Steve Johnson built on his run to the Halle quarter-finals last week by beating Kenny De Schepper 7-6(3), 7-5 in one hour and 35 minutes. Meanwhile, Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko broke serve four times as he defeated Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-4.

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Top Seeds Advance In Doubles
Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romanian Horia Tecau, the top seeds, bounced back from a loss in last week's Halle opener as they began their campaign with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Roberto Bautista Agut and Andre Sa in 70 minutes.

Tecau is looking to reach the 's-Hertogenbosch final for a fifth straight year. He won the title in 2010 and '12 with Robert Lindstedt, and successfully defended the crown in 2013 with Max Mirnyi. Rojer, meanwhile, finished runner-up in 2009 with Johan Brunstrom.

Fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky, who were also upset in the Halle first round last week, made their way safely into the quarter-finals by defeating Joao Sousa and Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6(3).

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