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TOPSHELF OPEN 2015
Goffin Reaches 's-Hertogenbosch QFs; Mahut Upsets Defending Champion Bautista Agut
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 11.06.2015
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Tecau, Rojer
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Nicolas Mahut upset defending champion and third seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The French qualifier converted five of his eight break points to beat Bautista Agut in 74 minutes. “I really started pretty strong,” said Mahut. “It gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the match. But he came back really strong and maybe I lost my concentration for a while. I was 4-2 down and played a really good game to come back at 4-3.

“I’m really happy with how I played, because last year I lost to him in the quarter-finals. I played really good tennis and today I played much better than last year.”

The 33-year-old Mahut won the title at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament in 2013 and goes on to face sixth seed Adrian Mannarino, who dismissed Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 6-2 in 71 minutes.

Second seed David Goffin beat Jurgen Melzer 7-6(2), 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals. The Belgian saved six of the seven break points he faced in the 81-minute victory.

“It’s never easy to begin the grass season, but I’m really happy with the way I played today,” said Goffin. “I think the key was to stay aggressive and be more solid than Jurgen… I’m feeling really good with a lot of confidence this week.”

Goffin will next face qualifier Illya Marchenko, who ousted eighth seed Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-6(2).

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Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Gilles Muller and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(3), 7-6(5) to set a semi-final clash with Ivo Karlovic and Lukasz Kubot.

"It's nice to start the grass-court season with a few wins," said Tecau. "Today we played a big-serving combination lefty/righty, and we're happy winning in two tie-break sets.

"I've been successful here in the past and Juls is playing for Holland, so we feel a big home crowd support when we play here."

Third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers reached the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-6(2) victory over Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in 80 minutes. The British/Australian duo are bidding to reach their fourth ATP World Tour final of the season.

“It was a good crass-court match,” said Murray. “We returned well at the beginning of the match to get a break and there were not so many chances after that. We played a really good tie-break and we’re happy to be in the semi-finals tomorrow.”
 

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