Fernando Verdasco vs. Adrian Mannarino
|Date & Time||Thursday June 13, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
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Fernando Verdasco and Adrian Mannarino meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Libema Open.
Fernando Verdasco lost in the second round of the French Open to Antoine Hoang, a player ranked outside of the top-100, so he should be eager to kind of redeem himself here. In the losing effort, Verdasco had seven double faults, 42 unforced errors overall and failed to convert on 12 of his 17 break points. It can often be hit or miss for the Spaniard, and lately Verdasco has come up short in matches he should probably be winning. With a combined 92 unforced errors in his last eight sets, Verdasco can certainly help turn things around by trimming up those silly mistakes. Unfortunately, Verdasco has had little recent grass success. Verdasco has lost the opening match of a tournament in two of his last six tries. Verdasco has lost his last four matches on grass court.
Adrian Mannarino is coming off a straight sets win over Thiemo De Bakker that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Mannarino won 81 percent of his first serve points and 76 percent of his second serve points. Mannarino won 79 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 13 break points. Mannarino got 50 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. It was a much needed victory for Mannarino, who entered this tournament losing five of his last seven matches overall. Mannarino has a chance to win back-to-back matches for the first time on the main tour since Delray Beach. Mannarino has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Verdasco has won two of those matches. Mannarino won the most recent match in 2017 Antalya. Two of the three matches were decided in straight sets.
Mannarino hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the main tour in months and despite his first round win, he still struggled to get his first serve in play. Verdasco will be fine once he trims down his unforced errors, something that shouldn’t be that difficult given his experience. This is a tournament Verdasco should be able to put together a decent run and get back on track a bit.
Verdasco rolls in this match, likely in straight sets.