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Verdasco advances to Clay Court semifinals

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HOUSTON (AP) — Fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat Donald Young Jr. 7-6 (1), 6-1 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships.

Verdasco, from Spain, will face Santiago Giraldo in the semifinals Saturday. Giraldo beat Colombian countryman Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4.

In the other quarterfinals Friday, Dustin Brown faced Sam Querrey, and Nicolas Almagro played Jack Sock. Verdasco and the third-seeded Almagro are the only seeded player left in the draw.