The Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco won on Thursday by 7-5, 3-6 and 6-3 to the Russian Karen Khachanov, eleventh seed of the tournament in Rome; and could face in the quarterfinals his compatriot Rafael Nadal, as long as this is imposed on the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashivili
at its junction.
The first set opted for the Verdasco side to assert its superiority to service, with a percentage of 61% right, and beat the Russian 7-5.
In the second sleeve. Khachanov, number 13 of the ATP ranking, reacted and imposed his pace against the Spaniard. The Muscovite won the five games in which he had the service and forced a third 'set' in which Verdasco would reply with the same result.
The Madrilenian beat Khachanov for the second time in his career, after landing him last week on the clay of Madrid.