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Novak Djokovic vs. Fernando Verdasco: 2013 China Open Round 2 Preview
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Top seed Novak Djokovic whose No.1 ranking is up for grabs this week in Beijing laid down a marker in his first round encounter against the 46th ranked Lukas Rosol two days ago as he allowed his opponent to collect just the three games in total in the match. In fact, at one point of time it appeared like the Serbinator was on his way to accomplish a double bagel, but Rosol denied him to accomplish that feat as he finally held on to his serve in the fourth game of the second set and subsequently went on to win two more games.
However, it was a flawless performance from the Monte Carlo resident as he needed that kind of an act to give himself a confidence booster. The truth is that, Djokovic can’t afford a sub-par day at the office in the competition; otherwise the Spaniard Rafael Nadal will replace him from the top spot. He needs to conserve as much energy he can, so that he could give his 100% in a potential title clash with the 13 times Grand Slam champion at the weekend.
Meanwhile, his adversary Fernando Verdasco has brought life back into his game this year as he was struggling to make much headway in the events during the last few years. The 2013 season though has panned out a bit differently - after-all he took the eventual Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to five sets in the quarters at the All England Club in July.
Moreover, he hits the ball as hard as anyone else on the men’s circuit, something that aided him in trouncing the qualifier Somdev Devvarman in his first rounder at the National Tennis Center in Beijing on Sunday. In that duel, the left-hander had his backs to the wall as the Indian was 6-2 up in the opening set tiebreaker, but failed to convert all those chances and later on it was business as usual for Verdasco as he collected a straight sets win.
Djokovic has a slight edge over Fernando in the head-to-head as he leads it 5-4. But, the important thing over here is that out of their 4 matches that have been contested on the hard courts, Verdasco has only won one of them and that too way back in 2005. They haven’t come across each other since 2010 and everyone knows what happened a year later. Djokovic emerged as the top dog in 2011, a status he has maintained until now.
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