World number 181 Bernard Tomic came to s-Hertogenbosch as a qualifier and with no ATP wins under his belt so far in 2018 but he found the right rhythm to become one of the title favorites after a 6-3 7-5 win over the 6th seed and home star Robin Haase in an hour and 13 minutes. Haase won their previous match on clay in Bucharest two years ago but the grass is tailored for Bernard's shots, proving that once again today for the place in the last eight, his best result since Eastbourne last year, also on grass.
The Aussie fired 13 aces and he had to play only two break points, losing serve once to keep the pressure on Haase. Robin gave his best, especially in the second set, but he got broken on all three break chances he gave to Tomic, suffering a late break in the 11th game of the second set that ruined his chances for a better result.
Tomic broke in game six after a forehand error from Haase and the opener was in his hands after three winners in game nine. Bernard grabbed another break at the start of the second set and he raced into a 4-2 lead with three good holds, controlling the result and sailing towards the finish line.
Robin recovered his game after that break he suffered and he broke back in game eight when Tomic's slice landed long. Bernard stayed composed and he fired four winners in a row in game 11 to earn the crucial break, fending off a break point in the following game with a forehand winner and converting the second match point when Robin's slice landed long to reach the last eight.
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