Verdasco beats Feliciano López in the match of the day, Dimitrov awaits
Fernando Verdasco, the player with the best ranking of those who have competed in the first day, has saved the first obstacle of the tournament, which was none other than against his great friend Feliciano López, whom he has defeated comfortably 6-4, 6- 3 in 81 minutes. It was the sixth victory in the duels between the two, a rivalry that began 15 years ago in the Kitzbuhel tournament. They have played 11 times and the head-to-head is 6-5 for the player from Madrid.
Verdasco, with only a quarterfinal showing in Sofia, defeated Feliciano López comfortably on the Rafa Nadal court. One of the keys was the serve: Verdasco, with just two aces and a 73% in first serve; on the contrary, his rival only registered a 44% and five aces.
Grigor Dimitrov, who enjoyed a bye in the draw, will be his next opponent in the second round. And if with Feliciano their confrontations were equal before today´s clash, the same stat happens with the Bulgarian: six meetings and three victories each.
After the match, Verdasco has acknowledged that Feliciano is the worst opponent he can face on a tennis court for several reasons: "We are very close friends, we have known each other since we were kids and he has even been one of my best men".