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Verdasco Made To Work; Mahut Opens Den Bosch Defence

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Verdasco© Edwin Verhoef/Topshelf OpenFernando Verdasco is making his third visit to 's-Hertogenbosch.

Second seed Fernando Verdasco extended his perfect FedEx ATP Head2Head record to 6-0 against Paul-Henri Mathieu on Tuesday at the Topshelf Open, but was forced to work hard for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 54 minutes.

Verdasco, a quarter-finalist 10 years ago, saved 11 of 13 break points, striking 13 aces and 15 double faults. He will now face wild card Jesse Huta Galung.

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Defending champion Nicolas Mahut, the No. 7 seed, also needed three sets to get through his first-round match. The Frenchman defeated Belgian wild card Kimmer Coppejans 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.

Mahut won this ATP World Tour 250 tournament as a qualifier last year. He did not drop a set through his five main draw matches, capping his week with victory over a 10th-ranked Stan Wawrinka.

Roberto Bautista Agut recorded his fourth win in only his sixth grass-court match mid-afternoon. The third seed beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and advances to the second round, where he will play Matthew Ebden.

Former World No. 8 Jurgen Melzer recorded his third straight win over in-form Alejandro Falla in a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Melzer converted six of his 17 break point opportunities in the 80-minute encounter and goes on to play Lukas Lacko in the second round. Two days ago at Halle, Falla lost to Roger Federer in two tie-break sets in the Gerry Weber Open final.

Jan-Lennard Struff will challenge sixth seed Vasek Pospisil after he defeated Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-2 in just under one hour, while qualifier Mate Pavic fired 11 aces past Alejandro Gonzalez in a 7-6(4), 6-3 win.

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Butorac/Klaasen Reach QFs
Second seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klassen rallied past Daniele Bracciali and Mate Pavic 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-4 in their first-round match, and will next face Benjamin Becker and Oliver Marach. The German-Austrian duo advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over alternates Stephan Fransen and Wesley Koolhof.

One day after proposing to his girlfriend Michaella Krajicek on court in 's-Hertogenbosch, Martin Emmrich and doubles partner Johan Brunstrom fell 6-2, 6-4 to Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea.

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