Tennis: Pouille holds off dogged Vesely in Budapest

World number 14 Lucas Pouille met with stern resistance from Jiri Vesely, but prevailed to reach the last eight in Budapest.

Top seed Lucas Pouille resisted the strong challenge of Jiri Vesely to reach the quarter-finals of the Hungarian Open on Thursday.

Pouille was beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the semi-final stage of the Monte-Carlo Masters last week, but booked a last-eight showdown with Martin Klizan after a 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-4) triumph in Budapest.

Slovakian qualifier Klizan defeated Bjorn Fratangelo, conqueror of Gilles Simon in the first round, 6-3 6-2.

Andrey Kuznetsov will face Paolo Lorenzi in the last eight after the Russian defied the odds to beat third seed Fabio Fognini 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

World number 87 Kuznetsov battled back from 3-1 down in the final set against the Italian, ranked 58 places higher than him, to force a tie-break, which he won courtesy of three mini-breaks.

Sixth seed Lorenzi needed three sets to get the better of Sergiy Stakhovsky, who was defeated 6-4 3-6 6-3.

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