This is their first meeting.
Medvedev has started the year well and reached the final in Chennai in January where he lost to Bautista Agut. At the weekend he played Davis Cup for Russia in Serbia and took on Novak Djokovic. He won their opening set but when Djokovic took a 2 sets to 1 lead Medvedev retired. He put in a strong
performance to beat Kamke in the first round this week
Verdasco had some decent performances in the early part of last season but his form in the second half of the year was very inconsistent. He was not tested by Lucky Loser Gregoire Barrere in the last round.
I think Medvedev can take at least a set today. Lay Verdasco if he breaks first and remove or reduce the liability if Medvedev then breaks back.