Sugita, Goffin enter last-eight with hard-fought wins

Chennai: Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita and wild card entrant David Goffin stormed into the Chennai Open quarter-finals with hard-fought wins against their respective partners on Thursday.

Sugita got the better of more experienced Yen-Hsun Lu, a 82nd player from Chinese Taipei, 7-6 (5) 6-4 in his second round match while Belgium`s Goffin scored a come from behind 4-6 6-4 6-2 win over German ndreas Beck.

The 21-year-old Goffin, who scalped twice champion and his compatriot Xavier Malisse yesterday in the first round, meets top seed and ninth ranked Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinal on Friday.

However the Indian challenge ended in the singles competition with the 1-6 3-6 defeat of wild card Yuki Bhambri against Tipsarevic.

Somdev had pulled out of the event due to a shoulder injury while Vishnu Vardhan had exited after losing the first round.

In the doubles, second seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram of the United States dropped the second set before winning defeating Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian and Robert Farah 6-3 4-6 10-7 to make the semi final.

In the Goffin-Beck match on the centre court on Thursday, Goffin had his moments of anxiety and glory against a fighting Andreas Beck.

After losing the first set, Goffin played aggressively and made Beck to work hard for his points.

Stepping up the pressure, Goffin broke Beck in the fourth game after leading 30-0 and then went on to lead 5-3. Goffin struggled with his serve and dropped his serve.

However, the Belgian did not let the momentum slip and forced Beck to commit unforced errors and drew parity in the match.

The deciding third set was fought fiercely and the single break of serve which Goffin earned proved significant in him sealing the issue.


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