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Richard Gasquet and Bernard Tomic set up semi-final showdown in Hertogenbosch

Gasquet and Tomic set up semi-final showdown in Hertogenbosch
By Reuters

16/06/2018 at 02:22Updated 16/06/2018 at 02:39

Second seed Richard Gasquet set up a semi-final showdown with Australia's Bernard Tomic at the Libema Open after both secured hard-fought victories on Friday.

Frenchman Gasquet, twice a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, edged past Barcelona Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a fiercely contested game that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.

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Gasquet's victory is his best result at Hertogenbosch since his debut at the tournament in 2008.

Australian Tomic, positioned at 181st in the ATP rankings, battled to a 6-4 7-6(3) victory over fourth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist improved his impressive record against Verdasco to 6-1 despite the 34-year-old serving 17 aces in the match.

"Once you play qualifying and win a few sets, things open up and you get a good feeling – just like I did at Wimbledon ," Tomic said.

"I like the surface and am very comfortable on it... I've won all of my titles on hard courts, so I'd like to win a title on grass courts."

Tomic's compatriot Matthew Ebden eased to a 6-3 6-3 win over Romanian Marius Copil, and will face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy next.

Chardy came back from being 2-4 down in the third set to outclass American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) victory.