• Youzhny, Verdasco reach round of 16

    6/29/13 9:27 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Youzhny, Verdasco reach round of 16 Former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny is through to the fourth round after downing Serbia's Viktor Troicki Saturday afternoon. The veteran is joined by Spain's Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.

    (20) Mikhail Youzhny def. Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

    Twentieth seed Mikhail Youzhny made the round of 16 following his straight-sets upending of Serbia's Viktor Troicki. The Russian veteran tallied 31 winners and 4 service breaks through two hours and 5 minutes of play.

    Youzhny is through to take on World No. 2 Andy Murray for a place in the quarterfinal.

    "It will be a tough match for me," Youzhny commented. "I need to be just ready to play and enjoy the Centre Court, because it's not every year you can play against top players on Centre Court."

    Fernando Verdasco def. Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

    Spain's Fernando Verdasco advanced to the fourth round after dismissing Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in straight sets. The 29-year-old converted four of 7 break points through 105 minutes of competition.

    "I felt so good the whole match," Verdasco said. "From the beginning of the match I took advantage in the score pretty fast. I just felt pretty calm and confident. I was playing good and feeling the ball good the whole match.

    "If you tell me before the match that it was going to be like this, the score, it was hard to say. Because he's a great player. He's having a great year. I was expecting a very difficult match, like maybe going to four or five sets."

    Verdasco is slated to take on France's Kenny De Schepper in the next round.

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Verdasco seems to be experiencing a resurgence.

stratocast51 , 6/30/13 3:13 AM

I am quite surprised that Verdasco beat Gulbis. He hasn't done anything in a long time and has been in a kind of free fall.

For some reason, he seems to have rediscovered his game. Very interesting development. Some were thinking that Gulbis might go deeper here. I never bought into that because he isn't strong enough mentally to do well in slams. He's great at times and then he is just crap.

Nativenewyorker , 6/30/13 5:39 AM

Good to see Verdasco playing well again. He should get past Schepper easily enough and then mostly likely meet Andy in the QFs. If he can keep his head then that could be a good match.

ed251137 , 6/30/13 8:58 PM

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