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Simone Bolelli recovers from 2-5 down and saves two set points in the first set against Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday in Bastad.

Bolelli Upsets Schwartzman In Båstad; Spaniards Advance

Carreno Busta to face two-time former finalist Verdasco on Friday

Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli completed a dramatic first-set comeback at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Wednesday to knock out top-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-6(8), 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes.

Bolelli recovered from 2-5 down in the first set and saved set points at 6/7 and 7/8 in the tie-break en route to his highest-ranked match win since he beat then No. 5-ranked Tomas Berdych in September 2015 at the St. Petersburg Open. He will next play last year’s quarter-finalist Henri Laaksonen, a Swiss lucky loser, who beat Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in 59 minutes.

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Later in the day, second seed Pablo Carreno Busta set up a quarter-final clash against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the fifth seed and two-time finalist.

Carreno Busta overcame Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-4, 6-3, while Verdasco, the 2013 and 2016 runner-up, knocked out Pedro Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-2 in 64 minutes.

Did You Know?
Seven different Spaniards — Manuel Orantes (1972, 1975), Emilio Sanchez (1986), Carlos Moya (2002), Rafael Nadal (2005), Tommy Robredo (2006, 2008), David Ferrer (2007, 2012, 2017) and Albert Ramos-Vinolas (2016) — have won the ATP World Tour 250 tournament title since the first edition in 1970.

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