September 21, 2017

By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 21, 2017 06:07:09 PM


Goffin holds off Almagro to reach Moselle quarterfinals

David Goffin of Belgium avoided the upset bug that sent two other high seeds packing and reached the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open on Thursday in Metz, France.
The second-seeded Goffin dropped the opening set before rallying for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro, a former top-10 player.
Goffin served 10 of his 13 aces in the final two sets and saved four of six break-point chances against him to prevail in 93 minutes. He advanced to a quarterfinal matchup against No. 7 seed Benoit Paire of France.
Paire barely broke a sweat, dropping only three games in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Marcel Granollers of Spain. Paire converted on four of seven break points to dispatch the Spaniard in 54 minutes.
Not as fortunate were the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, France's Lucas Pouille and Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.
Marius Copil of Romania withstood a pair of tiebreakers before eliminating defending champion Pouille 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6). Copil had 15 aces in the match to 11 for the Frenchman.
"It was a tight match. I'm really happy with my victory," said Copil, who will take on German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in his next match.
Muller fell to Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Basilashvili next meets Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, a three-set winner over Germany's Yannick Maden.
Fifth-seeded Mischa Zverev of Germany advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen. His opponent in the quarterfinals will be France's Kenny De Schepper, who ousted countryman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-5