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Goffin Extends Unbeaten Run To 25 Matches

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Goffin© Getty ImagesDavid Goffin will face Jerzy Janowicz in the quarter-finals.

Belgian qualifier David Goffin extended his unbeaten run to 25 matches, reaching the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over 15th-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday.

Goffin, undefeated since a first-round loss at Wimbledon, also beat Nieminen last month in Tampere to claim his third straight ATP Challenger Tour title. He capped off the four-week stretch by winning his first ATP World Tour title in Kitzbuhel, and then returned to action this week, qualifying for the Winston-Salem Open.

“It was a tough match today against Jarkko,” he said. “It was a great fight and I’m really happy the way I played at the end to win this match.

“Of course after 25 matches you have a lot of confidence, you don’t think you’re going to lose, but I play every match like it’s the first one in the tournament, like it’s the first one of the season and I give everything. And with my confidence I keep winning, so I’m very happy.”

He will look to extend his winning streak in tour-level main draw action to nine matches when he next meets fellow 23 year old Jerzy Janowicz. The Pole reached his third quarter-final of the season, and first since February, as he rallied past No. 12 seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez prevailed against 11th-seeded American Donald Young 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(6) after two hours and 46 minutes, saving two match points down 4-6 in the third set tie-break. Young double-faulted on his second chance to clinch the win.

In my last matches in Europe, on clay, I was losing a lot of tie-breaks - against Dustin Brown, against Roberto Bautista-Agut," said Garcia-Lopez. "Today, in the end, I was lucky. Tie-breaks are a lottery, and sometimes I get the [winning] number."

Earlier, Young had fought off three match points with Garcia-Lopez serving up 5-4 in the third set. Garcia-Lopez attempted to bounce a smash over Young's head on his third opportunity, but the American hit an overhead from deep behind the baseline at full stretch, and the Spaniard responded with a forehand error. In the quarter-finals, Garcia-Lopez will face unseeded American Sam Querrey, a Winston-Salem semi-finalist for the past two years.

Ninth seed Yen-Hsun Lu dismissed eighth seed Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes as he went four for nine on his break point chances, and will next play 14th-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi, a 6-4, 7-6(7) winner over Nicolas Mahut.

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