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Robredo makes Swedish Open semifinals

July 17, 2009 at 7:45 PM   |   Comments

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BASTAD, Sweden, July 17 (UPI) -- Reigning champion Tommy Robredo was one of four quarterfinal winners Friday at the Swedish Open tennis tournament in Bastad.

Robredo, the third seed, beat Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-0 to advance to a semifinal match Saturday against Juan Monaco. Monaco held a 6-1, 3-1 lead over ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco when Verdasco retired due to a right calf injury.

"In the first game of the match, I pulled a muscle in my calf," Verdasco said in a statement on the men's tennis Web site. "It was really hard to play after that. I had real pain when serving."

Second-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden, a fan favorite and surprise French Open runner-up, beat fifth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-5, 6-3 and Swede Andreas Vinciguerra topped Austrian Jurgen Melzer 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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