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  • Mahut, Wawrinka advance to 's-Hertogenbosch final

    6/21/13 11:19 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Mahut, Wawrinka advance to 's-Hertogenbosch final Nicolas Mahut and Stanislas Wawrinka use straight-set victories on Friday to reach the 's-Hertogenbosch title match. Mahut takes out Xavier Malisse and Wawrinka cruises past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    (Q) Nicolas Mahut d. Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3

    Mahut booked a spot in his first ATP title match since finishing runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 2007 Queen's Club event when he ousted Malisse in one hour and 13 minutes on Friday at the Topshelf Open. The 31-year-old Frenchman held his first eight service games of the match and saved six of seven break points as he pulled to within one victory of his first career ATP winner's trophy.

    Malisse had done well to upset No. 1 seed David Ferrer en route to the semifinals, but the 60th-ranked Belgian was hopeless on serve in this one. He was broken four times while losing a disastrous 15 of 22 second-serve points. Mahut dropped serve for the first time all afternoon while serving for the match at 5-2 in the second, but he bounced right back to clinch victory in style with another break of his own. Next up for the world No. 240 is second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka.

    (2) Stanislas Wawrinka d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-4

    Wawrinka fought off all 10 of the break points he faced to end Garcia-Lopez's 's-Hertogenbosch run after one hour and 16 minutes during semifinal action on Friday. The Swiss fired six aces compared to just one double-fault while winning 79 percent of his first-serve points.

    After donating serve twice in the opener and earning only seven total return points, Garcia-Lopez at least managed to make the second frame of play much more competitive. The 78th-ranked Spaniard earned all 10 of his break chances in set two and saved four of five break points on his own serve, but Wawrinka's one scalp proved to be enough thanks to his clutch play on big points. Garcia-Lopez wrapped up his effort with five aces and no double-faults.




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