Verdasco marches on on Rio
Fernando Verdasco continued his excellent record against Dominic Thiem by beating the Austrian in the quarter-finals of the Rio Open.
Thiem had won the tournament last year but was no match for the 34-year-old Verdasco, who triumphed 6-4 6-0.
The eighth seeded Spaniard has now beaten Thiem in each of the three times they have met, and said after his victory: "I knew that if I wanted to beat a player like him, I'd have to play all or nothing.
"I'd have to play all my best shots, try to play aggressively every point no matter what happens. I cannot really ask for more.
"Amazing week. Amazing place. [I have] been waiting so long to play here. I am so happy to be in the semi-finals."
Verdasco will play the fifth seed, Fabio Fognini, who battled back to defeat Aljaz Bedene 6-7 6-3 6-1, in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman eased past Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 and will play the Chilean Nicolas Jarry, who surprisingly came out on top against Pablo Cuevas 7-5 6-3, in the last four.
Schwartzman is 2/7 to beat Jarry in the Rio Open semi-finals while Verdasco is 8/11 to triumph against Fognini.
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