Fernando Verdasco rallies at Estoril

Updated: April 28, 2011, 1:59 PM ET
Associated Press

OEIRAS, Portugal -- Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco overcame a late rally by Frederico Gil for a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals at the Estoril Open.

The left-handed Spaniard won 10 of the first 11 games to lead by a set and 4-0. But Verdasco, who dropped out of the top 10 to No. 15 this year, let Gil back into the match by losing five games in a row.

Verdasco committed seven double-faults and Gil focused on the less reliable backhand. Gil, who became the first Portuguese to make an ATP final here last year, forced Verdasco to a tiebreaker but couldn't win it.

Fourth-seeded Gilles Simon of France defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-1, and fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Portuguese wild card Joao Sousa.

Raonic, who in February became the first Canadian to clinch an ATP Tour title since 1995, has improved 130 spots in the rankings this year to No. 27.

Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-2.

The top three seeds in the women's competition exited in the quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Alisa Kleybanova lost 6-4, 6-2 to Kristina Barrois, and Monica Niculescu rallied to overcome second-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Anabel Medina Garrigues upset third-seeded Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 7-5.


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