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Verdasco, Lopez To Continue Battle; Sousa, Becker Reach 's-Hertogenbosch SFs

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Verdasco© Edwin Verhoef/Topshelf Open Fernando Verdasco is competing in the Topshelf Open for the first time since 2009.

Second seed Fernando Verdasco has drawn even with Jurgen Melzer in the Topshelf Open quarter-finals, levelling the match 6-7(3), 7-6(6) before the battle was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. The winner books a semi-final meeting with third seed Roberto Bautista Agut or two-time grass-court champion and seventh seed Nicolas Mahut.

In the other half of the draw, qualifier Joao Sousa will play sixth seed Benjamin Becker on Friday for a place in the 's-Hertogenbosch final.

Sousa, who had not won a tour-level grass-court match until 10 days ago, booked a place in the semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over wild card Thiemo de Bakker in 59 minutes. Sousa took a set off Roger Federer in a Gerry Weber Open second-round loss last week.

The 25-year-old Sousa became the first Portuguese player to capture an ATP World Tour title in September 2013 at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (d. Benneteau).

Benjamin Becker, the 2009 champion, knocked out sixth seed Vasek Pospisil 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted encounter.

Becker led 5-3 in the second set, before a 90-minute rain delay. Pospisil recovered to 5-5, but was forced to save two set points at 5-6. Becker took a 3-1 lead in the deciding set and wrapped up victory in two hours and 44 minutes.

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