Fernando Verdasco vs. Andy Murray
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Andy Murray is coming off a four sets win over James Duckworth that took 43 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 76 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Murray won 71 percent of his total service points and saved three of his five break points. Murray was also sharp on the return and gave himself 15 break points of his own. Overall, Murray is still a work in progress due to limited playing time under his belt, and he could clean up his unforced errors. But, Murray has been better than expected in his last couple of tournaments. Murray hasn’t been bounced before the third round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
Fernando Verdasco is coming off a straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Verdasco won 77 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Verdasco won 69 percent of his total service points and was broken on just two of 12 break points. Verdasco has to be cleaner with his second serve if he’s going to make this match interesting. Verdasco has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for the second time since the Netherlands. Verdasco hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2016. Verdasco hasn’t made the third round of the US Open since 2012. Verdasco has split his last four matches on hard court.
Murray has won each of the last eight matches against Verdasco, with the most recent coming in Dubai of last year. Verdasco hasn’t beaten Murray since the 2009 Australian Open. Overall, Murray is 13-1 against Verdasco for his career.
Verdasco is talented enough to make a run in this match and give Murray a scare, but he’s also notoriously shaky against top tier players. Murray still needs to get his feet under him and conditioning could be an issue in this heat, but there’s no overlooking the h2h numbers between these two. Murray has also shown consistent flashes of returning to a respectable player.
Murray wins this match probably in three sets.