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's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 10.06.2015
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Home favourite Robin Haase reached the Topshelf Open quarter-finals for the first time in seven appearances on Wednesday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch as he upset seventh seed Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4), 6-3.

The Dutch wild card withstood 10 aces from Verdasco to convert one of his three break points and record his third win in four meetings with the Spaniard in 83 minutes.

"I moved well today and got a lot of balls back," said Haase. "In the rallies, I made the right choices between hitting hard and slices. I think that was the key today. Finally I'm in the quarter-finals! I've been in the second round a few times. I'm glad, that after a good first round, I finally played a good second round. Beating a guy like Verdasco is always great and to do that in your home country is even nicer."

The 28-year-old Haase notched his seventh win of the season as he reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final (l. to Kyrgios in Estoril) and earned a clash with either fifth seed Ivo Karlovic or Tatsuma Ito.

Gilles Muller stayed patient in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) victory over ninth seed Vasek Pospisil. The 32-year-old Luxembourg native was thwarted on five of six break points on Pospisil’s serve, including a 0/40 opportunity in the ninth game of the third set, but converted his second match point in the tie-break after two hours and eight minutes.

“It’s never easy and I had to try to be calm,” said Muller. “I think I did that well. I’ve been working a lot on it the past couple of months so I’m really happy with that. In the tie-break, I played a great point at 6-6 to get the mini-break. That point could have gone either way. I got lucky.”

Next up for the No. 53-ranked Muller is Marius Copil, who upset fourth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4.

“He’s a dangerous player,” said Muller. “I’ve played him a couple of times already. He has a huge serve. So I have to be ready to return some bombs. Especially on the grass, it’s going to be a 50:50 match. With a big serve like that, on grass, he can beat anyone.”

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Rojer/Tecau Open Title Defence

Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau opened their title defence in ‘s-Hertogenbosch with a 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-7 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu and Oliver Marach. The Dutch/Romanian duo, who have won seven of their past nine matches, go on to face Ivo Karlovic and Lukasz Kubot in the quarter-finals. Karlovic/Kubot got a walkover when Lleyton Hewitt and Matt Reid withdrew.

This year’s Australian Open runners-up Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reached the semi-finals as they upset second seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes 6-4, 7-6(7) in 85 minutes.

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