Hubert Hurkacz and dominic thiem qualify for the next round

Hubert Hurkacz did not brush aside Briton Jack Draper without some difficulty. The Pole needed three sets, as Draper kept pace for a long time. Dominic Thiem was  relentless against our compatriot Michael Geerts, despite an evenly matched first set. Belgian doubles duo Gillé/Vliegen are eliminated after a close loss. 

Hubert Hurkacz (ATP-11) advanced to the quarterfinals. This was not without struggle as Jack Draper  (ATP-48) sold his skin dearly. In a very even first set, a tiebreak had to bring the decision: 7-6(5). In the second set Hurkacz started best, but Draper went at it and over it: 3-4. Both players maintained their  serve games, so again a tiebreak had to bring the decision. Draper got off to the best start (1-5). The  first set head remained icily calm and came back to 4-5, but then aimed into the net. The second set  ball was the good one for Draper: 6-7(5). In the decisive set, Hurkacz immediately pushed through to  3-0. Draper did not recover this deficit: 6-1 was the final score. 

Sander Gillé (ATP D-58) and Joran Vliegen (ATP D-77) fell just short of stunting against second set  leaders Matwe Middelkoop (ATP D-25) and Rohan Bopanna (ATP D-20). The Belgians took a flying start  and climbed to a 3-0 lead. They continued that line and took the first set 6-3. In the second set, the  Belgian duo took the lead again (4-1), but Bopanna and Middelkoop battled back, and it became 6- 7(5). In the matchtiebreak, Bopanna started very strongly, and it was soon 0-6. Gillé and Vliegen were  still able to mitigate, but in vain: 4-10. 

The other Belgian in action today, Michael Geerts (ATP-268), has been eliminated. He lost in two sets to grand slam winner Dominic Thiem (ATP-132). Both players were evenly matched in the first set and recorded some great services. At 4-5, Geerts had to serve to stay in the set, but a foot fault gave Thiem  two break points. The Austrian took this with both hands and pocketed the first set: 4-6. 

Thiem appeared to be launched and with a 0-1 lead and a lovebreak, the tone was set. With some fantastic strokes, Geerts could never get back into his game. 0-6 was on the board rather quickly, the match lasted 1 hour and 9 minutes. A duel with Argentinian sixth-series head Francisco Cerundolo  (ATP-28) will follow in the next round for the Austrian. 

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