Baptist falls to Khachanov, who waits for Verdasco or Thiem

The Castellon could not with the Russian, who had won in his previous three meetings (5-7, 6-4 and 6-2), and that will now be measured with the Madrid or Austrian.

Russian Karen Khachanov, number 13 of the ATP ranking, raced and eliminated on Tuesday the Spanish Roberto Bautista (5-7, 6-4 and 6-2) in the second round of the 1000 Masters of Rome, and expects rival in the eighth final, which will be the winner of the duel between the Austrian Dominic Thiem and the Madrid Fernando Verdasco.

Khachanov, 22, needed two hours and 29 minutes to win over a Baptist, who had won him in the last three previous, the last of which in the Australian Open this season. Track 1 of the Foro Italico tournament hosted a high tension match, in which Bautista took the serve in the twelfth game of the first set to take advantage (7-5), before succumbing to the great reaction of the Russian tennis player.

Khachanov, who received the congratulations of Roger Federer on Tuesday for his performance, won the ticket for the round of 16, where he could reissue the duel of last week against Verdasco, his executioner in Madrid. However, the player from Madrid will have a match of high demand since he will face Thiem, semifinalist in Madrid and brand new number 4 in the world.

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