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Verdasco To Play Melzer In ‘s-Hertogenbosch QFs

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Verdasco© E. Verhoef/Topshelf Open Fernando Verdasco reaches the 's-Hertogenbosch quarter-finals for a second time.

Fernando Verdasco will play Jurgen Melzer in the Topshelf Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Second seed Verdasco, who is bidding to capture his seventh ATP World Tour title, advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over wild card Jesse Huta Galung in 73 minutes on Wednesday evening. Verdasco, who lost just six of his first service points and hit seven aces, won the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (d. Almagro) in April.

Former World No. 8 Melzer advanced to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season (Dusseldorf) by beating qualifier Lukas Lacko 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in just under two hours.

Third seed Roberto Bautista Agut edged past Matthew Ebden 7-5, 7-6(1) in one hour and 46 minutes. Bautista Agut has reached two ATP World Tour semi-finals over the past six months, at the Heineken Open (l. to Isner) and the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Nadal).

Defending champion and seventh seed Nicolas Mahut, a winner of two grass-court titles (also 2013 Newport), beat Steve Johnson 6-2, 7-6(4). He won 91 per cent of his first service points and struck 14 aces to set up a first-time clash with Bautista Agut.

Wild card Thiemo de Bakker advanced to the quarter-finals when fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov withdrew due to a left foot injury ahead of their second meeting. De Bakker will now play Joao Sousa, who was a 6-2, 6-4 victor over fellow qualifier Mate Pavic.

Sixth seed Vasek Pospisil reached his first quarter-final since his 2014 season opener in Chennai as he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-2 in 65 minutes. The Canadian next meets another German, Benjamin Becker, who advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Israeli Dudi Sela.

Rojer/Tecau Reach Semi-Finals
Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau kept alive their quest for a fourth ATP World Tour doubles crown this week when they knocked out Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. Tecau has won the trophy on three occasions, in 2010 and 2012 (w/Lindstedt) and 2013 (w/Mirnyi).

Elsewhere, third seeds Marcel Granollers and Jurgen Melzer ousted last week's Halle champion Andre Begemann and partner Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky beat Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy 6-4, 7-6(8) in 75 minutes.

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