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Verdasco Notches No. 400; Tsonga, Wawrinka Advance

New York, U.S.A.

Former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco claimed his 400th tour-level win Monday as he edged Blaz Rola 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the US Open. The Spaniard needed three hours and 17 minutes to advance at Flushing Meadows.

The 30-year-old Verdasco has recorded 21 of his career wins in 2014, including lifting his sixth ATP World Tour trophy in Houston (d. Almagro) and reaching the semi-finals in Bastad (l. to Cuevas) and Gstaad (l. to Andujar).

The left-hander is making his 12th appearance in New York and boasts quarter-final showings in 2009 (l. to Djokovic) and 2010 (l. to Nadal). 

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400 Wins Club
Fernando Verdasco became the 12th active player to join the 400 Wins Club:

Player No. of Wins
Roger Federer 967
Rafael Nadal 702
Lleyton Hewitt 610
David Ferrer 587
Novak Djokovic 581 (going into US Open first-round match)
Tommy Haas 561
Tommy Robredo 485 (includes US Open first-round win)
Nikolay Davydenko 482
Tomas Berdych 467
Andy Murray 454
Mikhail Youzhny 449
Fernando Verdasco 400 (includes US Open first-round win)

Spanish 400 Wins Club
Verdasco is the 11th Spaniard in the Open Era (since 1968) to win 400 matches in his career:

Player No. of Wins
Rafael Nadal 702
Manuel Orantes 641
David Ferrer 587
Carlos Moya 575
Tommy Robredo 485
Juan Carlos Ferrero 479
Sergi Bruguera 447
Jose Higueras 439
Alex Corretja 438
Emilio Sanchez 427
Fernando Verdasco 400

Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also tested in his opener, finishing strongly for a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Juan Monaco. The Frenchman hit 48 winners, including 20 aces, and converted four of his eight break points.

"Never easy against Juan," he said. "He's a good player. Today, I just did a good job. It's good for me because the first round is always tough to go through."

The 29-year-old Tsonga, a quarter-finalist at the US Open in 2011 (l. to Federer), hit top form in the lead-up to the final major of the year, winning his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Toronto with victory over Roger Federer.

Tsonga goes on to meet Aleksandr Nedovyesov, who ended the run of Irish qualifier James McGee with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(3) victory. At the age of 27, World No. 194 McGee was contesting his first Grand Slam main draw match.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka closed out a 6-2, 7-6(6), 7-6(3) win over 21-year-old Czech Jiri Vesely, the 2013 recipient of the "ATP Star of Tomorrow" award presented by Emirates. The reigning Australian Open champion converted four of his 12 break points for the two hour, 14-minute victory.

Wawrinka reached his first US Open semi-final last year after recording Top 5 wins over Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray. He will next meet Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.

Elsewhere, No. 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his bid with a 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Facundo Bagnis, while Simone Bolelli edged Vasek Pospisil 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

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