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Verdasco battles to reach third round in Washington

08-04-2010 16:32 BJT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Spain's third seed Fernando Verdasco was forced to save two match points before rallying to beat German Michael Berrer 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the second round of the ATP Washington Classic tennis tournament on Tuesday.

File photo of Fernando Verdasco(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo) 
File photo of Fernando Verdasco
(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The 10th-ranked Spaniard won at San Jose and Barcelona earlier this year but nearly lost for the fourth time in five matches since reaching the round of 16 at the French Open.

"I was just trying to play my best to the end," said Verdasco, who rescued two match points in the ninth game of the second set. "Even match points down I was just trying to put the ball in... I got a little lucky."

Verdasco will face U.S. qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who ousted Frenchman Michael Llorda 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the 1.4 million-dollar hardcourt event, a U.S. Open tuneup.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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