Spaniard Fernando Verdasco won his compatriot Guillermo Garcia Lopez 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday and qualified for the third round of the Miami Masters 1,000, where his rival will presumably be the world number one, Roger. Federer
Garcia Lopez took a first set with five breaks in which Verdasco was soon 0-3 and, although he broke the service of Albacete on two occasions, to put 4-3, returned to give his serve as many times. But everything changed there and 69 of the ATP received a resounding partial 10-0. For starters, Garcia Lopez barely got three points in the first four games of the second set. The result was a 4-0 against he could reduce, but he missed three ‘break’ balls in the fifth game and took a set blank.
In the definitive set, the finalist of the Rio Abierto, where he lost to the Argentine Diego Schwarztman, maintained the pace and, although with a greater exchange of points, he won again the first four games and thus definitively set his pace on the next phase.
To date, Verdasco had clearly dominated the previous confrontations, with a balance of seven wins and two losses, and in Miami he enlarged that difference.
Verdasco (39) will face in the third round the winner of the match between the Swiss Roger Federer and the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. In Miami, the Spaniard has a record of 18 wins and 15 defeats, which have led him to reach the quarterfinals twice in 2009 and 2010.
Ferrer meets with Alexander Zverev
Another Spaniard who won the ticket for the third round on Saturday was David Ferrer, who had no problems winning 6-2 and 6-2 against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
Ferrer’s next rival will be the German Alexander Zverev, fourth seed, who eliminated the Russian Daniil Medvedev in a tight match that was resolved in the tie-break in the third set 6-4, 1-6 and 7 -6 (5).
With a series of previous matches tied to a win for each, the last of them at Roland Garros in 2016 with victory for the Spanish, Ferrer demonstrated from the first moment his superiority. It only held 74 minutes 88 of the ATP on the track before the finalist in Miami in 2013, which broke the first two services of the Russian to win comfortably the first set. In the second set, the ‘breaks’ took a little longer to arrive, but Javea finished his victory with two breaks in the fifth and seventh games.
And is that the Valencian is offering a good image at this start of the season and came to Miami after falling in the third round of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells against the subsequent champion, the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. The one from Tandil, one of the most fit players in the circuit, had also won him in the semifinals in Auckland last January.
Ferrer’s next rival already beat him this year in the first round of the Rotterdam tournament (Netherlands) by 6-4 and 6-3, although the two previous clashes were for the Spanish