Top seeds Berdych, Almagro lose in Bastad quarterfinals

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BASTAD, Sweden (AP)—Top seeds Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro were knocked out in the Swedish Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Unseeded Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands beat top-seeded Berdych 7-5, 7-5, while second-seeded Almagro was defeated by Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Berdych and Almagro were playing their second matches of the clay-court tournament after receiving first-round byes.

In the third quarterfinal upset, fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.

Carlos Berlocq of Argentina beat Albert Ramos of Spain 6-3, 6-4 to set up a semifinal against De Bakker.

Verdasco will face Dimitrov in Saturday's other semi.

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