This will be the first time they have played.
Verdasco didn’t play this event last year though made it to the quarter final in 2013. He has been fairly inconsistent this season.
Fritz has not played to his potential this year. He showed signs of improvement in his 1st match this week. He faced just 1 break point0 which he saved.
I don’t know if Verdasco is there for the losers cheque or if he wants a couple of matches to be ready for next week. The price suggests that I am not the only one who has doubts over Verdasco’s motivation. He reached the 2nd round at the US Open last year. With a decent run in the first week he could really boost his ranking points. To do that I feel he needs a match or two under his belt this week.
I will back him today but on reduced stakes. I will wait for 1.70