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TOPSHELF OPEN 2015
Verdasco Wins All-Spanish Opener In 's-Hertogenbosch; Hewitt Beaten
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 09.06.2015
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Seventh seed Fernando Verdasco won an all-Spanish clash with Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(3), 6-7(6), 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

"It's never easy to feel good in your first match on grass," said Verdasco. "You have to try to get the best feelings possible. It's important to spend time on the court and to be positive and try to improve your feelings a little bit every day. I'm happy I finally won this match. It was a tough one, but these matches are important to get those feelings as soon as possible.

"We both served pretty well. It wasn't easy to break each other. In the third set, he didn't serve as well and I got the chances on his second serves. After holding serve for 5-2, I was more aggressive and had more confidence and was able to close out the match."

The left-hander has reached the quarter-finals in two of his three previous appearances at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament and goes on to face home favourite Robin Haase for a place in the last eight once again.

Sixth seed Adrian Mannarino and eighth seed Joao Sousa also advanced. Mannarino defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-3, while Sousa rallied from a second-set bagel to beat Denis Istomin 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 in 73 minutes.

French qualifier Nicolas Mahut upset former World No. 1 and 2001 ‘s-Hertogenbosch champion Lleyton Hewitt, saving four of the five break points he faced to beat the Australian 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes. The 33-year-old Mahut, coming off a third-round showing at Roland Garros, goes on to face defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut.

Second seed David Goffin will open his campaign against Jurgen Melzer after the Austrian edged French lucky loser Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes.

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Third Seeds Reach Quarter-finals
Third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers reached the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak. The British/Australian duo are making their debut in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and bidding to win their second ATP World Tour title of the season, after victory in Brisbane in January.

Australian Open runners-up Pierre Hugues-Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reached the quarter-finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald. The French duo earned a clash with second seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes.

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