De­fend­ing cham­pion Ver­dasco reaches clay semi­fi­nals

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De­fend­ing cham­pion Fer­nando Ver­dasco beat Rus­sia’s Tey­mu­raz Gabashvili 6-2, 6-3 on a stormy Fri­day to reach the semi­fi­nals in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Cham­pi­onship.

The sixth- seeded Ver­dasco, from Spain, will face eighth-seeded Sam Quer­rey of the United States. Quer­rey beat top-seeded Feli­ciano Lopez of Spain 6-4, 6-1 in the late match.

Gabashvili dropped to 0-14 in ATP World Tour quar­ter­fi­nals.

In the other quar­ter­fi­nals, Amer­i­can Jack Sock beat fifth-seeded San­ti­ago Gi­raldo of Colom­bia 6-4, 6-4, and third-seeded Kevin An­der­son of South Africa topped sev­enth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3). The An­der­son-Chardy ended 11 hours af­ter it was sched­uled to start.

Play was de­layed for more than five hours in the af­ter­noon be­cause of intermittent heavy rain and also an 18-minute stop­page caused by a power fail­ure on the grounds.

“Some of the tough­est con­di­tions I’ve ever had to play in,” An­der­son said. “The balls weren’t in great shape. It was hard to even see them at the end of the sec­ond set. Once ei­ther one of us missed a first serve, it was pretty tough to win sec­ond-serve points be­cause if one of us got a good (re­turn), it was tough to en­gage.”

The 22-year-old Sock is play­ing his third tour­na­ment of the year af­ter hav­ing surgery to re­pair a torn mus­cle in his pelvis in De­cem­ber.

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