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Fernando Verdasco advances

Updated: July 12, 2012, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

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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