13:00 – Gasquet v Verdasco
Rankings are 47 and 9. Head to head is 4-3 to Gasquet but Verdasco has won their last 3 meetings.
Verdasco is on a great run of form and his service stats are impressive. First serves in – 74%; Service games won – 85%; Break points saved – 65%.
Gasquet’s ranking will soon start to move back up as he is much better than 47th but Verdasco will be too strong today.
Back Verdasco on serve. If you have a strategy for if it goes wrong you could back Verdasco from the start and green up at the end of the first set.
Update: Verdasco made a slow start and lost his first service game! That allowed gasquet to move into a 3-0 lead. Verdasco the settled down and won the next 3 games. He got another break to go 6-5 up and then had an epic service game to win the set, facing several break points. He took a tight second set 6-4.