2018 runner-up Fernando Verdasco to play Rio Open next year



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2018 runner-up Fernando Verdasco to play Rio Open next year

Spain's Fernando Verdasco has signed up to play at the Rio Open in 2020, it was announced via the tournament's social media. The 36-year-old is set to make his second appearance on the clay courts of Rio de Janeiro.

World No. 49 Verdasco made his Rio de Janeiro debut at the age of 34 in 2018. Back in February 2018, the Spaniard fell just short of having a dream debut at the Rio Open. Verdasco was playing great throughout the week but failed to deliver in the Rio Open final against Diego Schwartzman as the Argentine won 6-2 6-3.

Former world No. 7 Verdasco will certainly be hoping to have another great campaign in Rio de Janeiro. However, it won't be easy as world No. 4 Dominic Thiem is set to lead this year's Rio Open player field. 2018 champion Schwartzman, world No.

8 Matteo Berrettini and top-ranked Croatian Borna Coric are also expected to play in Rio de Janeiro. Verdasco, a seven-time ATP champion, has won five titles on clay so far in his career. The Rio Open will take place from February 16-23.