2014 Metz champion David Goffin notched his 40th win of the season, beating Nicolas Almagro 3-6 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 33 minutes. David was one of the heroes of Belgian Davis Cup squad this weekend, at home against Australia on clay, and he needed some time to adapt to this new conditions, especially after losing the opening set. Belgian served well, firing 13 aces and landing 73% of the first serve in, but his second serve let him down completely, winning just 8 from 23 points to face 6 break points.
He saved 4 to limit the damage and he delivered his best tennis when he needed it the most, scoring 4 breaks from 5 chances he created on Almagro's serve. The first set was fast and fluid, lasting less than 30 minutes, and it was the Spaniard who had the upper hand, despite the fact he served at 44%.
He was untouchable in his games and he broke Goffin in the 8th game, serving out for the set a few minutes later to grab the opener by 6-3. David earned an early lead in set number 2 but he lost the advantage after a loose service game in game 5 when Almagro broke back.
Nonetheless, the Belgian broke for the second time in the 6th game for a 4-2 and that was enough to clinch the set, converting his third set point in the 9th game. David, who won the previous 2 matches against Nicolas, saved his best tennis for the final set (Spaniard's form is still questionable after being sidelined with an injury), dropping 4 points in his games and breaking Almagro twice to bring the match home and move to the last 8.
Benoit Paire will compete in his 5th quarter-final of the season and the first since Stuttgart in June after a one-sided 6-1 6-2 triumph over Marcel Granollers in just 54 minutes! Frenchman lost just 11 points in 8 service games, saving 2 break points in the 5th game of the first set, and he was the dominant figure on the return as well, winning 50% of the points in Marcel's games, breaking him 4 times from 7 opportunities. He moved ahead with a break in game 4, controlling the rallies and staying away from his usual errors, and he saved 2 break points in the following game, creating a 4-1 gap with a backhand down the line winner.
Paire clinched the set in game 7 with a nice serve&volley combo, looking forward to producing the same kind of tennis in set number 2. Granollers never found a good rhythm and he dropped serve at the start of the second set as well, after another forehand winner from the Frenchman.
They both served well in the next 5 games before Benoit broke in game 7 again with another good attack, taking a 5-2 lead and serving for the win. He sealed the deal when Granollers sent a forehand wide in game 8, reaching the last 8 in style.
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