Alex De Minaur vs Fernando Verdasco: Sydney International tennis live scores, blog

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    2018 Sydney International, January 9

    Men's singles, 1st round

    Ken Rosewall Arena, New South Wales Tennis Centre

    Alex De Minaur vs Fernando Verdasco

     
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    Alex De Minaur, AUS 6 6
    Fernando Verdasco, ESP 4 2

    Rising Aussie star Alex De Minaur begins his Sydney international campaign against former Australian Open semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from around 2:30pm (AEDT).

    Australian tennis is in good stead following the recent exploits of Nick Kyrgios and De Minaur. The latter reached his maiden ATP tour semi-final last week at the Brisbane International, losing a tight three-setter to established American Ryan Harrison.

    Despite the defeat, De Minaur has firmly established himself as a player to watch out for in Sydney and at the Australian Open next week.

    The 18-year-old has proven himself to be a stern competitor and more importantly, De Minaur isn’t afraid to go on the offensive against established stars.

    His performance against Milos Raonic, in particular, was very impressive. Raonic is the biggest server on tour, but that mattered for little against De Minaur, who returned superbly to frustrate Raonic en route to a straight-sets victory.

    With each passing victory however, expectations will rise for De Minaur and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the added pressure, beginning against Verdasco.

    Verdasco should provide De Minaur with another stern test despite producing some underwhelming performances over the past few seasons.

    Last year, Verdasco only reached one final in Dubai, an ATP 500 event, where he lost to first-seeded Andy Murray in straight sets. He also reached three semifinals in Doha, Stockholm, and BĂ„stad.

    Regardless, on his day, Verdasco remains one of the most dangerous players on the ATP tour. His serve and forehand are major weapons and De Minaur will do well to cover the court and nullify Verdasco’s shot-making prowess.

    Prediction
    De Minaur only needs to replicate his competitive showing at the Brisbane International to give himself the best chance of winning.

    Verdasco can get frustrated under pressure and unforced errors might flow from his racquet. If De Minaur can cover the court well and maintain his present form, he is certainly in the running to attain another impressive victory.

    De Minaur in three sets.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage from around 2:30pm (AEDT) or at the completion of Agnieszka Radwanska versus Johanna Konta on the Ken Rosewall Arena.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      4:40pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:40pm | ! Report

      What a win! Cheers for the call Alan.

    • Roar Guru

      4:39pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:39pm | ! Report

      Another professional performance sees De Minaur claim another scalp as he defeats Fernando Verdasco in straight sets here in Sydney. Verdasco was below his best, but De Minaur frustrated him significantly with his ability to compete and cover the court exceptionally well. De Minaur was also controlled with his aggression and he can certainly go deep in Sydney with the open draw. A great summer so far for the young Aussie!

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 6

    • Roar Guru

      4:37pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:37pm | ! Report

      GAME SET AND MATCH DE MINAUR

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 6

    • Roar Guru

      4:37pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:37pm | ! Report

      Match point as Verdasco nets the backhand return

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 5

    • Roar Guru

      4:37pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:37pm | ! Report

      30-30

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 5

    • Roar Guru

      4:36pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:36pm | ! Report

      15-30

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 5

    • Roar Guru

      4:35pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:35pm | ! Report

      15 all as Verdasco yet again sends a forehand wide

      Verdasco 4 2
      De Minaur 6 5

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