Fernando Verdasco advances
UMAG, Croatia -- Former champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the Croatia Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
Verdasco, the top seed and 2008 champion, converted five of 18 break points in the second-round victory.
Gulbis served eight aces but could not overcome Verdasco, who picked up his game in the third set.
"It was a difficult match," Verdasco said, describing Gulbis as "a player that hits the ball very hard and it ...
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