BRISBANE: Spain's Fernando Verdasco played almost faultless tennis to blast his way past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International here Saturday.
The second seeded Davis Cup winner dominated his French opponent in every
department as he raced through the match in 75 minutes.
He broke Mathieu three times in the first set and twice in the second as he showed the form that took him to world number 16 at the end of 2008.
Mathieu had been in great form leading up the semi-finals, not dropping a set in the previous rounds.
But he had no answer to Verdasco's booming ground strokes and looked a disconsolate figure at the end of the match.