Fernando Verdasco’s Australian Open campaign remained in full swing as he carved out a victory over last year’s runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to earn a place in a semifinal of a major for the first time in his career.
As the temperatures soared to 43 degrees outside, it was a cool and composed Verdasco that took to the roof-covered Rod Laver Arena stage to make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance and etch out a 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory.
If Rafael Nadal defeats Gilles Simon tonight, it will be the first time in Australian Open history that two Spanish men have met in the semifinals.
Verdasco served at 79 per cent for the match, and served seven aces to Tsonga’s nine
Tsonga hit 46 winners to Verdasco’s 36, but made 40 unforced errors to Verdasco’s 29
Verdasco capitalised on all four of the break point chances he had on Tsonga’s serve, while the Frenchman was just 2-for-13 on break point opportunities (15 per cent)
The Spaniard won 14 of the 20 points where he approached the net
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