Fernando Verdasco, Marton Fucsovics withdraw late from Stockholm


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Fernando Verdasco, Marton Fucsovics withdraw late from Stockholm

Former world No. 7 Fernando Verdasco and Hungary's Marton Fucsovics have both withdrawn late from the Stockholm Open. Verdasco, 35, is set to miss Stockholm for the first time since 2012. The Spaniard, who debuted at the Stockholm event in 2004, won't be making his ninth main draw appearance at the tournament.

World No. 41 Verdasco's best result in Stockholm came two years ago, when he made the semifinal before losing to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro. Verdasco last played at the Shanghai Masters a week ago, where he exited the event in the first round.

On the other side, Fucsovics' second main draw appearance in Stockholm has been delayed. The Hungarian failed to make it past the Stockholm qualifying event in 2015 and 2016 but made his main draw debut at the tournament a year later.

Back then, Fucsovics won two qualifying matches to earn place in the Stockholm main draw before losing in the first round to Hyeon Chung. Verdasco and Fucsovics will be replaced by lucky loser Yuichi Sugita and Oscar Otte. Japan's Sugita is set to face Elias Ymer in the Stockholm first round, while Otte will be taking on Alexei Popyrin.