Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Fernando Verdasco
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fernando Verdasco meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 79 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Tsitsipas saved three of his four break points in the victory and hit six aces. Tsitsipas has now won 10 of his last 11 sets and has that pep in his step that we saw a lot of last year when he finished the season on a tear. When Tsitsipas is serving at the level he’s serving at currently, the rest of his game falls in line and he’s a nightmare to deal with. Tsitsipas hopes to win at least two matches for the fifth time in his last eight tournaments. Tsitsipas has won each of his last five matches on clay court.
Fernando Verdasco is coming off a three sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Verdasco won 73 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Verdasco won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his nine break points. Verdasco made an impressive comeback after losing a tight first set tiebreak, and he got 71 percent of his first serves in play while bombing 12 aces. Verdasco has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since making the semifinals in Vienna. Verdasco has 27 career wins over top-10 players and three of those wins came last year. Verdasco has split his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
This should be a fun match that includes a lot of big serves and shotmaking ability. As for who wins, I have to give the edge to Tsitsipas, who has been the more consistent player up to this point and is somebody who is starting to tap into that level he finished last year at. We know what Verdasco brings to the table, but he’s also played six sets and nearly five hours of tennis to get to this point, so this is a quick turnaround and a big test on his conditioning.
Tsitsipas should be able to muscle his way to the quarters.