BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 8 (UPI) --
Third-seeded Fernando Verdasco
of Spain and unseeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu advanced Thursday to the semifinals of Australia's Brisbane International.
Verdasco came from behind to top Florent Serra of France, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, and will next play Mathieu, who eliminated Kei Nishikori of Japan, 6-3, 6-4.
Other quarterfinal matches will be played Friday.
Second-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets countryman Richard Gasquet and the No. 4 seed, Swede Robin Soderling, takes on No. 8 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.
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