15:00 – Verdasco v Soderling
Rankings are 9 and 8. Head to heads are 4-1 to Soderling. He has won both their previous matches on clay.
Verdasco has had a couple of really tough matches this week. Whilst he is supremely fit they must have taken a lot out of him.
Soderling hasn’t lost a set so far and although he has played very well it has to be said he has had the easier route to the final.
They haven’t played for 3 years and both players have improved a great deal since then. Soderling will have the edge on serve and I feel if he can hit the ball as well as he has been then he has to be favourite.
It should be a great match to watch and backing Soderling on serve will be a good way to go. We could see at least 1 tie break so if Verdasco is serving well then he can also be backed on serve.
Update: Soderling wasn’t himself in the opening set and Verdasco was in control. He took the first set but lost serve in the opening game of the second set.
Soderling started to play as he has all week and his ground strokes were much better. He held on to level the match.
Verdasco was much more aggressive in the decider and whilst Soderling kept it to just one break behind he never really looked like getting it back.
Verdasco won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.