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A nook of the Foro Italico echoed to cheers of “Fernando, Fernando” on Thursday night as considered one of Spain’s finest tennis exports accomplished his second victory of the day on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Fernando Verdasco, who hoped to proceed his assured run in Rome after knocking out Dominic Thiem earlier within the day, held his nerve to beat Russian No. 11 seed Karen Khachanov 7-5, Three-6, 6-Three in two hours and 10 minutes for a spot within the quarter-finals. Final week, on the Mutua Madrid Open, the 25-year-old beat Khachanov 6-7(Four), 6-1, 7-5 within the second spherical.

Verdasco, who has not contested a clay-court ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final since Could 2012 within the Spanish capital, Madrid, will subsequent play second-seeded countryman and eight-time former champion Rafael Nadal or No. 14 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

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Verdasco saved a break level within the first recreation of the decider, then pressed Khachanov at 2-Three earlier than lastly making a breakthrough at Three-Four, 30/40 when his Russian opponent hooked a forehand narrowly broad. Khachanov is now 10-12 on the yr, following his first ATP Masters 1000 crown on the Rolex Paris Masters in November 2018.



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