De Hoogh survives epic three-setter

Sebastiaan de Hoogh beats Peter van Liesdonk in three sets: 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 to book a quarter-final spot against first seed Berry Schoenmakers.

   

De Hoogh v van Liesdonk as it happened

9:27 Morning everybody! Nothing interesting today@SW19, plenty to look forward to in Eindhoven! Van Liesdonk and De Hoogh now in their warming-up

9:29 And it has begun! dH starts with a break, can he confirm it to go 2-0 up?

9:37 He can, and quickly gets 40-0 on the serve of vL. vL saves one breakpoint, but dH gets the second with a forehand winner. 3-0. Double bagel?

9:44 And all of a sudden it’s going very quickly, with dH 5-0 up and serving for the first set..

9:49 But dH can’t handle the pressure and he goed 0-40 down. BREAK! 1-5, vL serves to stay in it

9:53 But 6-1 it is. Maybe not the epic that this huge crowd have hoped for. Let’s see about the second set

10:03 Nervy start.. dH is broken, and a tense second game. But after three times deuce, it’s vL who takes it for 2-0!

10:06 And dH stops the rot with a comfortable service game for 2-1. The players meanwhile compare strategies of Mario tennis with lawn tennis

10:14 But vL is flying high! 4-1, 40-0 in the second, who expected that.. And 5-1 it is, seems we’re heading for the first decider this year

10:19 An unexpected hold by dH, holding on in this second set at 5-2, but only just as vL smashes his racket to the ground

10:22 But not anymore, 6-2 to vL. We have a decider!

10:28 Serving practice by dH… 12.5% first serves in. Will that be key to this set?

10:35 dH under pressure at his serve, but he manages a hold. Now three breakpoints on the vL serve. Could this be a turning point in this match?

10:38 dH BREAKS! And confirms the break: 3-0. But one has the feeling there may yet be some more twists and turns in this encounter..

10:42 “Break point Mario!”, screams dH. Indeed, and he takes it for 4-0. If there is to be a turnaround, it better come quickly..

10:46 Ouch! Double fault at 30-30 hands vL a break point. Saved. But not the second one. But dH is still a set and two breaks up

10:47 Or rather, one break: 6-1, 2-6, 4-1

10:49 5-1! dH serving for the match now. Can he wrap it up?

10:52 40-15.. And he wraps it up in 1h36 with two volleys! De Hoogh wins 6-1, 2-6 and 6-1 to face Schoenmakers in the QF. See you at 16:00!

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