25 Apr 2010

Verdasco, Soderling into Barcelona final

11:07 am on 25 April 2010

Fernando Verdasco hauled his way back from a set and a break down to reach the final of the Barcelona Open with a 6-7 7-5 6-1 win over fellow Spanish tennis star David Ferrer.

Under hot sun at the Reial Club de Tennis, Verdasco initially appeared to be feeling the effects of his run to the final at last week's Monte Carlo Masters but he dug deep to set up a clash with French Open runner-up Robin Soderling.

The second-seeded Swede showed no mercy to unseeded Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, who upset Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals on Friday, ousting the 21-year-old former junior world number one 6-1 6-4 on the Catalan clay.