Darcis vs. Verdasco
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 27, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Verdasco -200 / Darcis +170 -- Over/Under:
Fernando Verdasco and Steve Darcis meet in the 2017 Antalya Open.
Fernando Verdasco will play just his second match on grass after losing to Kei Nishikori in Halle in three tight sets. Verdasco has had an up-and-down season overall that includes a final appearance in Dubai, but he's played just one match since making the fourth round in the French Open. Verdasco has to get back to being effective with his serve, as he's been broken 12 times in his last three matches and is coming off a match in which he struggled mightily with his second serve. We know what Verdasco is capable of when hitting his spots, and I’m sure hed love to get a victory or two before the Wimbledon to provide some confidence. Verdasco has lost his last three matches on grass court.
Steve Darcis is coming off a three sets win over Denis Istomin that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Darcis won 77 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Darcis is coming off his first grass victory since the 2014 Wimbledon and hopes to win the second match of a tournament for the first time since the Bordeaux Challenger. Darcis got 70 percent of his first serves in play in his last match, and he gives himself a chance to win when that's the case. The problem with Darcis is that he hasn't had much success on the return in any recent tournament and it's been his downfall big time on grass court. Darcis has lost five of his last six matches on grass court.
These two have played twice in the past, and Verdasco won both meetings. The most recent match was in the 2012 French Open, a match Verdasco won in straight sets. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
The fact Darcis has struggle mightily on grass and hasn't had much success on the return in any of his matches should make Verdasco feel good. Verdasco should have little trouble winning this match as long as he manages his unforced errors and just keeps the ball in play. Don't force the issue and get out of character against a player in Darcis who hasn't proven he can make a deep tournament run on grass.
I like Verdasco to win this match in straight sets just like their previous two matches.