Albert Ramos Vinolas vs. Fernando Verdasco
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 24, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
Roy Emerson Arena
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Spanish tennis superstar, Fernando Verdasco is set to play at the 2019 ATP Swiss Open. Verdasco will begin his tournament in the second round against Albert Ramos Viñolas who is also from Spain.
Fernando Verdasco received a bye in the opening round due to his high seeding. Verdasco enters this tournament following a strong grass-court campaign which was highlighted by a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon. During the grass-court season, Verdasco also made the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne International. Moving back to clay may be tough for Verdasco as he has not been playing well on this surface. In 2019, Fernando Verdasco has only won 50% of his matches on clay. Last week, Fernando Verdasco played at the Swedish Open where he was eliminated in the opening round.
Albert Ramos Vinolas enters this match having won his previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Vinolas as he only lost 3 games in the entire match. The returning was very impressive as Albert Ramos Vinolas won 49% of his return points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. Albert Ramos Vinolas complemented his returning by winning all of his service games. Albert Ramos Vinolas enters this match in good form as the Spaniard made the semifinals of the Swedish Open last week.
Albert Ramos Vinolas and Fernando Verdasco played each other last week at the Swedish Open. Vinolas defeated Verdasco in straight sets during the match last week. In total, Fernando Verdasco and Albert Ramos Vinolas have played each other 8 times. Verdasco has won on 5 occasions while Vinolas has won 3 times. Albert Ramos Vinolas has a 3-2 record against Fernando Verdasco on clay.
Fernando Verdasco has never been strong on clay and his struggles on this surface have been magnified in 2019. In comparison, Albert Ramos Vinolas looks in good form and will be confident having beaten Verdasco last week. The momentum seems to be with Albert Ramos Vinolas and I see him being good enough to defeat Fernando Verdasco and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of this tournament.