ATP Monte Carlo, 2nd round: Goffin v Verdasco (13:00)

Verdasco leads their previous meetings  2-1. The most recent match was in August last season. Goffin won in straight sets on a hard court. . Verdasco won their only clay match in 2013 in 2 sets.

Don’t read too much into Verdasco’s win over Delbonis. Delbonis threw the match. He will blame it on fatigue after a long week last week but for a guy to hardly be broken on the way to a title last week to lose the opening set 6-0 tells the real story. I think he realised he had to make it look believable so tried a little more in set 2.

Goffin is the better clay courter and was very impressive in his straight sets win over Lopez in the last round. He won their second set 6-0.

Verdasco can be competitive if he is in the mood. Back Goffin if he is broken first.

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