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ATP Antwerp: David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga into quarters

ATP Antwerp: David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga into quarters

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by Dzevad Mesic

Home-favorite David Goffin didn't let wildcard Frances Tiafoe make any surprises in their European Open round-of-16 clash.

Top seed Goffin handed a straight set defeat to the American to reach the Antwerp quarter-finals 7-6 (1) 6-2.

Tiafoe, 19, broke the Belgian early on to take a 2-1 first set lead but couldn't hold on to his serve.

Goffin saved two consecutive break points in the ninth and 11th game before he forced a tie-break.

The No. 1 got off to dominant 6-0 tie-break lead as he went on to comfortably win the tie-break.

Goffin broke Tiafoe twice in the following set on his way to clinching the win after an hour and 19 minutes of play.

Goffin dominantly converted all three of his break points and saved 5-of-6 of Tiafoe's break point chances during the match.

Goffin plays next talented qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 19-year-old Greek had a 7-6 (4) 5-6 lead when big-serving Ivo Karlovic was forced to quit the match. 

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has also made a winning start to his campaign.

It took an hour and 27 minutes for the No. 2 seed to handle fellow compatriot Kenny De Schepper 6-4 6-3.

Tsonga managed to serve out for the first set after saving a break point in the 10th game.

Qualifier De Schepper had a 3-2 second set lead when Tsonga won four games in a row to seal the win in style.

Tsonga hit seven aces, broke De Schepper three times and saved 2-of-2 of the qualifier's break point tries. 

Tsonga is due to meet next another Frenchman Julien Benneteau. 

No. 5 seed David Ferrer managed to find a way to beat local Steve Darcis after almost blowing a big lead 7-5 5-7 6-3.

Ferrer failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set as Darcis went on to surprisingly force a decider.

However, Ferrer regrouped in style, breaking Darcis twice to take a 4-1 third set lead.

Darcis reduced the deficit to 4-3 and had 30-15 on Ferrer's serve in the eighth game but Ferrer managed to hold on to his serve to clinch the win in the end.

Ferrer needed two hours and 30 minutes to get the job done against Darcis.

He is set to meet next No. 4 seed Diego Schwartzman, who beat promising Ernesto Escobedo 6-3 7-6 (5).

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