ATP Rotterdam Day 4 wrapup: Tsitsipas edges Hurkacz; Chardy upsets Goffin
Photo: Henk Seppen

Action continued at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with five second-round singles matches and one match in doubles. Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas barely got past Hubert Hurkacz while sixth seed David Goffin was knocked off by Jeremy Chardy.

In what was one of the best matches of the tournament, the second-seeded Greek edged the Pole 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. For the fifth time in seven career meetings, the two men went the distance with Tsitsipas breaking late in the first and third sets.

Tsitsipas edges Hurkacz, Goffin sent packing

After saving the only break point he faced in the two hour, seven minute contest, he said "I played really well. Both of us, we played at a high [level] of tennis and didn't give [away] many break point opportunities.

"Hubert is a very tough opponent. [There were] pretty good serves from both sides and I am really glad that I fought so hard towards the very end. It was exhausting, but it paid off."

Chardy ousted Goffin 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in one hour, 44 minutesThe Frenchman, who came through the qualifying, has now won nine of ten tiebreakers he has played this year.

Chardy plays a forehand during his second-round victory/Photo: Dean MouhtaropoulosGetty Images
Chardy plays a forehand during his second-round victory/Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The Belgian served for the first set, but couldn't close it out as Chardy struck a forehand volley winner to break back and at 3-3 in the tiebreaker, he opened things up with three straight winners: a forehand, forehand drive volley and a backhand slice.

The world number 64 hit 20 of his 25 winners from his forehand side and a backhand return on his second match point in the second set tiebreaker sealed his place in the final eight.

"It was extremely difficult", Goffin admitted after the match. "No matter the score or the moment, Jeremy goes for it. He's hit the ball really well since the start of the year. I had a set point, then a chance with a forehand volley, but I didn't make it.

"He played really well in the first set tiebreak, with three or four shots on the lines, and I think he deserved to win."

Coric, Fucsovics, Paul book quarterfinal spots

Tommy Paul fired 29 winners and came from a set down to defeat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1 in one hour, 38 minutes. The American will break into the Top 50 in the world rankings next week with this result.

Paul is into his first quarterfinal since the Astana Open last year/Photo:
Paul is into his first quarterfinal since the Astana Open last year/Photo: Henk Seppen/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Borna Coric opened up the night session by routing Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-2 to reach his second quarterfinal of the year. The Croat did not face a break point in the 72-minute match.

Finally, Marton Fucsovics, playing for the first time since Monday, saved nine of 12 break points he faced in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Krawietz/Tecau advance to doubles semifinals

In the lone doubles match played on Thursday, Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau beat the Russian team of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4.
 

Krawietz (l.) and Tecau (r.) react during their doubles match/Photo: Henk Koster/Getty Images
Krawietz (l.) and Tecau (r.) react during their doubles match/Photo: Henk Koster/ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

With regular partner Andreas Mies out for up to three months to undergo knee surgery, Krawietz is learning to adapt and adjust his game while playing with different partners until Mies' return.

"It's not so easy with a new partner and also a new side", he said. "I'm playing [the] deuce side now, so at the beginning of the tournament, I didn't know what to expect, how my return game would be. It was a little bit tricky, I'm very, very happy to win both of these matches.

"You of course have new routines with a new partner, but Horia ia very easygoing, very uncomplicated. We've practiced good, we talk about the match plan, the game plan, the tactics. It makes things easy. I'm very happy."

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