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Albert Ramos-Vinolas came through a tense finish to beat Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday in Bastad.

Ramos-Vinolas Beats Verdasco In Repeat Of 2016 Båstad Final

Chardy overcomes top seed Garin

Albert Ramos-Vinolas won a repeat of the 2016 Swedish Open final on Wednesday by defeating second seed and fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

Verdasco, who also finished as runner-up in 2013, had won two of their previous three meetings at the ATP Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2014 and 2017. World No. 99 Ramos-Vinolas saved eight of nine break points he faced against Verdasco, who broke serve for the first time at 2-5 in the second set. Now with a 12-5 record in Båstad, Ramos-Vinolas next faces countryman Roberto Carballes Baena, who overcame Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1, 7-6(4) in the final match of the day.

France’s Jeremy Chardy hit 12 aces and worked hard to beat top seed Cristian Garin of Chile 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes. Garin, this year’s Houston and Munich titlist, led 3-0 in the second set.

The World No. 80 will next play Garin’s compatriot fifth seed Nicolas Jarry, who won 12 of the first 17 points en route to knock out Swedish wild card Mikael Ymer 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes. Chardy beat this season’s Geneva runner-up Jarry 6-7(1), 6-2, 7-6(5) in March at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

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