Khachanov overcomes Struff to advance in Halle


FILE PHOTO: Jun 6, 2019; Paris, France: Karen Khachanov (RUS) in action during his match against Dominic Thiem (AUT) on day 12 of the 2019 French Open at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports – 12844077

(Reuters) – Russian Karen Khachanov overcame a mid-match wobble to beat home favorite Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 3-6 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the Halle Open quarter-finals in Germany.

World number nine Khachanov converted two of his seven break point chances to prevail in an hour and 43 minutes and takes on either Stuttgart champion Matteo Berrettini or world number 69 Andreas Seppi in the last-eight stage.

“Both of them are good players, especially on grass courts. I think they are dangerous guys,” third seed Khachanov said.

Defending champion Borna Coric was in action against Joao Sousa of Portugal in the day’s final match.

Unseeded Belgian David Goffin progressed to the quarters after he fought back to beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Goffin sent down nine aces and will next face second seed Alexander Zverev or American Steve Johnson.

“It was not easy today. It was the first time I was playing on the center court. It’s different conditions compared to the outside court,” Goffin said. “I’m happy with the way I fought.”

Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert was also made to work hard for victory, downing Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4.

Nine-times Halle champion Roger Federer is in second-round action on Thursday against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.



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