ATP Metz: Carreno Busta ousts Goffin. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pouille advance


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ATP Metz: Carreno Busta ousts Goffin. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pouille advance

Former Metz champion and the top seed David Goffin suffered a commanding 6-3, 6-2 loss to Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round, ending his campaign much earlier than expected. These two had played at the US Open as well, with the Belgian prevailing in three tight sets, showing nothing of that in today's clash where he got broken four times from nine chances offered to the Spaniard who played against only one break point to control the pace and seal the deal in no time at all.

Settling into a great rhythm right from the beginning, Pablo played a rock-solid opening set with five commanding holds and a break in game six, sealing it with a hold at 5-3 for a massive boost. They traded breaks early in the second set and it was Carreno Busta who had the edge in the remaining games, holding at love twice and delivering breaks in games five and seven to forge the lead.

Serving for the win at 5-2, Pablo fired three winners to move over the top and advance into the quarter-final, the fifth of the season so far. The defending champion Gilles Simon lost to Aljaz Bedene 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 31 minutes, taking only 11 points on the return and never crating a break chance!

The first set was mighty closed and they both served on a very high level, reaching the tie break that kicked off with two mini-breaks before 16 straight points for the servers, with set points on both sides. In the end, Bedene won it 11-9 and raced towards the finish line with an excellent performance in set number two where he broke Gilles twice to earn the victory and move through.

Playing the first tournament after he got married, the 4th seed Lucas Pouille toppled Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-4 in 67 minutes, fending off both break chances and delivering three breaks that propelled him into the last eight in front of the home fans.

The Frenchman had the upper hand from start to finish, finding the range from the opening game and taking the opener with breaks in games four and six. Sonego raised his level in set number two, delivering four easy holds but also a loose one at 3-3, allowing Pouille to break him and move in front.

Lucas served for the triumph in the tenth game and it proved to be his toughest game of the match, fending off two break chances and converting the fourth match point to reach the next round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ousted Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 6-4 in just under an hour and a half for the fourth win over the compatriot in many matches.

Jo-Wilfried kept everything under control behind the initial shot, erasing all three break chances offered to Pierre-Hugues and scoring one break in each set to cross the finish line and stay in contention for the title.

Tsonga drew first blood in the fourth game after a perfect drop shot and closed the opener with three winners at 5-3, hoping for more of the same in set number two. With the momentum on his side, Jo-Wilfried broke at the beginning of the second set when Herbert's drop shot failed to reach the net, fending off those three break points in the next game and never looking back, sealing the deal with three winners in game ten.