Verdasco beats Dimitrov, plays Berlocq in Bastad final

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The Skistar Swedish Open 2013 final will feature unseeded Argentinian Carlos Berlocq and eighth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco who got close to surprising Andy Murray in quarter-finals of Wimbledon last week. Berlocq took on another unseeded player Thiemo De Bakker of Netherlands who ousted top seed Tomas Berdych the day before. The Argentine broke back a couple of times in the opening set and had a chance to close it out at 5-4. De Bakker averted the first set point, yet he suffered his third loss of serve two games later – it was one set to love for Berlocq. The Argentine was the first to give away a serve in the second set as well, but he bounced back immediately to break De Bakker two times in a row and enter the Bastad final after producing a four straight games run. The result: 7-5, 6-3.

Verdasco’s closely fought clash against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, seed number five, lasted two and a half hours. The Spaniard broke back early in the first set which would eventually end in a tie-break – Verdasco created a set ball first and put it away for a one set lead. The players were still tied at 5-5 in the second set when Dimitrow clinched his second break and confirmed it to square things up – the decider would follow. The Spaniard got himself in a great position after confirming his third game break with a hold to love to construct a 4-1 lead, yet his advantage was annulled by 4-3. However, the Bulgarian failed to turn the set around as he was broken again when trying to force a decider in the twelfth game. Verdasco took this one with 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5 and will try to extend his 1-0 head-to-head lead against Berlocq in the final clash in Bastad 2013.

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