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  • Verdasco, Moya storm into Vienna quarterfinals

    10/8/08 11:55 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Verdasco, Moya storm into Vienna quarterfinals Fernando Verdasco and Carlos Moya ease through second-round matches at the Bank Austria Tennis Classic on Wednesday, while Juan Martin Del Potro survives his opener.

    Fernando Verdasco d. Guillermo Canas 6-1, 6-2

    Verdasco needed just over one hour to dispatch Canas in routine fashion. The Spaniard used two breaks of serve and saved the only break point he faced to make a convincing statement in the first set. Canas was more competitive in baseline rallies throughout the second, but woeful serving prevented him from putting up a real fight. The Argentine put in less than half of his first serves and that proved costly as Verdasco consistently jumped all over second deliveries. Verdasco broke three more times and dropped serve just once, so that was more than enough for the No. 5 seed to advance to the quarterfinals.

    Juan Martin Del Potro d. Martin Fischer 7-6(7), 7-6(5)

    To say Del Potro was not in the same form that earned him four consecutive tournament titles in between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open would be an understatement. At the same time, however, the little-known Austrian wild-card Fischer played great tennis and fought hard. Fischer even had a set point at 7-6 in the first-set tiebreaker after serving dominated the first 12 games of the match, but Del Potro took the last three points to win it 9-7. Although the second also resulted in a tiebreaker, it was a whole different ballgame. While there was not a single break of serve in the first, there were six breaks in set two. Fischer took an early lead, then Del Potro broke back twice to get an edge, then Fisher broke twice in-a-row for another lead only to see Del Potro break a third time. In the 'breaker, Fischer looked strong from the baseline and capitalized on some backhand errors by Del Potro for an early advantage. Nonetheless, Del Potro eventually took control with his forehand and he finished off the proceedings on his own serve at 6-5 when Fischer sent a groundstroke long. The Argentine will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in round two.

    Carlos Moya d. Eduardo Schwank 6-2, 6-3

    Moya avenged his French Open loss to Schwank and this one was far more routine for the victor. After losing a five-setter that took three hours and 58 minutes to complete, Moya crushed Schwank in just one hour and five minutes on Wednesday night in Vienna. The first set mostly came down to break-point conversions; Moya saved all five break points he faced while capitalizing on two of three chances. Moya's second break finished off the opening frame of play. Schwank kept the second set close until the midway point, but the Argentine was never competitive against his opponent's serve. Moya won 16 of 17 first-serve points and lost a total of just five points in his last five service game. When the Spaniard secured a break to lead 5-3, that all but clinched the match. Moya will face Philipp Petzschner for a spot in the semifinals.



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