10/26/12 3:16 PM | Cheryl Murray
Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer dug out of a 2-break deficit to defeat young guy David Goffin 7-6(7), 6-4 in the first quarterfinal of the day in Valencia.
For half of the first set, it appeared that David Goffin was going to run away with his quarterfinal match against Jurgen Melzer. The Belgian, ranked 45th in the world, raced out to a 4-1 lead and served to make it 5-1. Melzer did not allow that to happen, however.
The Austrian began by securing a break of serve for 2-4 and another break of serve to level the match at 4-4. Melzer, who sits at world No. 38, held serve to take a 5-4 lead. Goffin was eventually able to stop the bloodletting and held serve for 5-5.
Melzer snagged the first mini-breaks in the tiebreaker, but Goffin fought his way level twice. Still, it was not enough; Melzer's experience won out in the end and the Austrian nabbed the first set out from under the Belgian.
The second set remained on serve until 3-3, when Melzer made his move and secured a service break. He nearly bobbled the lead and handed it back with patchy serving at 4-3, but he recovered enough to get the hold. The Belgian would have no chances to get the break back, as Melzer closed out proceedings in straight sets.
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