Only Verdasco is capable of going 4-1 up and then losing 20 straight points to drop the first set 4-6. That is why is nickname is Fiasco. That must be some kind of record because in my entire tennis watching career I have never seen that happen. No doubt Roger played some terrific tennis himself, but losing 20 straight points is very hard to do against anyone no matter how well they are playing. Especially if you were bossing the match until 4-1. Just unbelievable. This match epitomized everything Verdasco is about. In the first five games he was dominating someone who is by many considered to be the GOAT. Yet from there on he just inexplicably falls apart completely. As far as talent goes he has enough to be the GOAT himself.
But mentally he is probably the weakest player on the entire ATP Tour. He’s got stiff competition from guys like Gasquet, Anderson, and Berdych, but Verdasco may be at the top of that list. He is also the most talented of all those players. The first five games were just unbelievable to watch. Even as a Fedfan I enjoyed it. In the second set Verdasco got broken in the opening game again but then broke right back and held serve to take a 2-1 lead. I was kind of happy because I wanted to see a good match, but Verdasco just disappeared yet again and only won one more game in the match. It was nice to see Roger playing well again and I am definitely not complaining, but it is sad to see a talent like Verdasco’s go to waste like that.
Who would ever forget that semi-final epic he played against Nadal in Melbourne where he put up a better score than Roger in the fifth set. And yet that is still the best result of his entire career. With the amount of talent he has the sky is the limit, but he is just the biggest nutcase I have ever seen on the professional tour. But enough of Verdasco. Roger’s good form from the first round continued right on which was good to see. He now plays against another choker Gasquet who he leads 13-2 in the head-to-head. Gasquet had a good win himself over Bautista Agut who he beat 8-6 in the third set breaker. Having seen Roger’s form I just can’t see Gasquet beating him, but we will see. Murray also had an impressive 6-0, 6-2 win over Sousa.
He now plays rising star Coric who made the best of the fact that he got into the main draw as a lucky loser. That should be interesting but surely Murray will win. I’d love to see a Fedray semi anyway after what happened in London. In the top half Djokovic is still looking like the man to beat after destroying Golubev. In Buenos Aires Nadal also progressed after bageling an Argentine dirt baller and looks good for the title for now. Finally in Acapulco third seed Dimitrov was upset by Harrison as he got bageled in the final set and did another epic racquet smash which I posted in the comments of my last post. So in the end Roger is still looking in fine form and it looks like he will make at least semis here!