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Tennis: Verdasco powers into Houston semi-finals, will meet Giraldo next

Published on Apr 12, 2014 3:33 PM

HOUSTON (AFP) - Fernando Verdasco booked his first ATP semi-final of 2014 on Friday, powering home to beat Donald Young 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 in the US Men's Clay Court Championship.

The fourth-seeded Spanish veteran admitted Young's solid play had him feeling "uncomfortable" in the opening set, but once he'd pocketed the tie-breaker he was on his way.

"He played great tennis in the first set," Verdasco said. "I kept fighting and he didn't serve well in the game I broke him. After that he started missing a little more, including in the tie-break. After I won the tie-break I took extra confidence and started to be more stable on the court."

Verdasco next faces Santiago Giraldo, who defeated Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4 in an all-Colombian clash.

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