Verdasco reaches Houston ATP semis

Defending champion Fernando Verdasco defeated Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US claycourt championships in Houston.

The sixth-seeded Verdasco, from Spain, will face the winner of the late match between top-seeded countryman Feliciano Lopez and eighth-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States.

In the other quarter-finals, 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 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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