TOPSHELF OPEN 2014
Verdasco, Lopez To Continue Battle; Sousa, Becker Reach 's-Hertogenbosch SFs
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
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.
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).
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.