Fernando Verdasco is in action later today against Radek Stepanek at the Legg Mason Classic.
Verdasco is coming nicely into form just at the right time with a lot of important tennis to be played over the next few weeks. He claimed his first win over Nikolay Davydenko in five years in yesterday’s third round, beating the Russian 6-4, 7-5.
Davydenko had the vast majority of the chances but as ever with tennis it’s all about converting those opportunities and whether it’s rust or simply lack of confidence, Davydenko seems to have lost that ability to strike at the key moments which took him to the top of the game.
Next up, it’s another former top ten player for Verdasco. Stepanek reached a career high of eight in the world and at his best he had one of the most varied games on the circuit, one of the last serve-volleyers to enjoy success at the very highest level.
It’s been an unusual week for the Czech who had vast amounts of attention focused on his opening match against the controversial American Wayne Odesnik, one of the most hated players on the circuit after his drug-chequered history.
Verdasco and Stepanek are tied at 3-3 on head-to-heads and they met most recently at Wimbledon, playing out an opening round classic. Stepanek led by two sets to love before Verdasco fought back to win 9-7 in the fifth.