Pay per head sportsbooks were impressed to see that in Houston, Fernando Verdasco, Spanish veteran, eased into the ATP’s semi-finals when he defeated Donald Young.
This year, the 30-year-old from Madrid who’s very well known with pay per head sportsbooks was able to secure on Friday night his first last-four spot in an ATP event after overcoming a few quivers on clay in the first set before clinching a 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 victory.
Price per head services know that Verdasco will now take on Santiago Giraldo, who beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3 6-4 in an all-Colombian battle.
Verdasco said: “Young played great tennis in the first set but I kept fighting and he didn’t serve well in the game and I broke him.
“After that he started missing a little more, including in the tie-break. After I won the tie break I took extra confidence and started to be more stable on the court.”
And pay per head sportsbooks found out that Giraldo, his next opponent, will feature in his career’s fifth ATP semi-final, and his second in 2014 after losing to Leonardo Mayer earlier this year at Vina del Mar.
Nicolas Almagro, third-seeded Spaniard and a favourite with pay per head sportsbooks, also advanced in Houston when he beat American Jack Sock 6-2 6-4.
Almagro will take on American Sam Querrey, who shot 15 aces and saved all four break-points in a 6-3 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 win over Germany’s Dustin Brown.
Querrey – a former world number 17 – is in this event’s final four for the second time after ending as runner-up in 2010.
“You have to be ready for anything,” Querrey said of Brown’s varied game. “He might come in, he might stay back, he might serve and volley, slice a forehand, drop shot.
“You have to expect everything and not get frustrated when he wins points.”
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Almagro will try to improve on his runner-up finish in Houston last year, when he lost in the final to American John Isner, and pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see how the player will perform this time around.