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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainD Ferrer67---
SpainF Verdasco36---

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  1. - - FERRER 6-3 7-6 (3) - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Ferrer seals his place in the third round as he closes out a clinical victory on Supertennis Arena, and Verdasco is unable to compete in the tie-break as the sixth seed secures a straight-sets win! In the third round he will take on either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or the winner of Gilles Simon's match with Donald Young. Men's drawsheet

  2. - - FERRER 6-3 6-6 (5-1) - Ferrer dominates the tie break as he opens up a four-point advantage, and Verdasco is seeing this match quickly slip away from him now with the sixth seed in control. Can Verdasco find a swift response?

  3. - - FERRER 6-3 6-6 - Tie-break! It's extremely tight between the two players as Verdasco finds a sweet forehand down the line to put yet more pressure on his opponent, but Ferrer is unfazed and takes it into a tie-break.

  4. - - FERRER 6-3 5-6 - Verdasco is unerring on serve as he continues to find a good rhythm, and he fires two emphatic first deliveries down the T to ensure that Ferrer cannot break from 30-30 in another tight game.

  5. - - FERRER 6-3 5-5 - Ferrer levels at 5-5 in dogged fashion as he drills a forehand down the line to move to within a point of the game, and the sixth seed closes it out under real pressure with a backhand cross court.

  6. - - FERRER 6-3 4-5 - Verdasco hammers a forehand down the line as he moves in court and takes control of the rally once more, and he throws away the balls as he takes the game with a big serve outwide and a forehand cross court. The pressure is on Ferrer now...

  7. - - FERRER 6-3 4-4 - Ferrer levels up once more with a crisp forehand winner down the line as Verdasco is drawn outwide, and the sixth seed closes out the game with a big serve outwide. This set is very finely poised with every game a real tussle.

  8. - - FERRER 6-3 3-4 - Verdasco keeps his nose ahead in this second set as he fires a forehand down the line with a flourish, and he closes out the hold with a fierce serve down the T and a forehand cross court. Can Ferrer keep his composure?

  9. - - FERRER 6-3 3-3 - Ferrer eventually levels in this second set with a well-crafted point in which he fires a forehand down the line, and he closes out the game after another long deuce with a backhand down the line as Verdasco is moved out of position.

  10. - - FERRER 6-3 2-3 - Verdasco is again tested as Ferrer plays an exquisite forehand down the line to move to 15-30, but his opponent keeps his composure and finds two fine first serves and a forehand winner to hold.

  11. - - FERRER 6-3 2-2 - Ferrer holds serve under enormous pressure to level at 2-2 in this second set, and he is thriving now. Verdasco takes the game to an extended deuce, but Ferrer holds firm and manages to hold with two precise first serves.

  12. - - FERRER 6-3 1-2 - BREAK! Ferrer posts two break points at 15-40 as Verdasco goes long with a forehand, and he slams his racket on the floor in furious fashion. He saves the first with a thunderous forehand winner down the line, but he cannot repel his opponent as Ferrer gets back on terms.

  13. - - FERRER 6-3 0-2 - BREAK! Verdasco stamps his authority on the set as he breaks serve in clinical fashion, and Ferrer is left to kick thin air in frustration. Verdasco fires a forehand down the line, and he clenches his fist in delight as he takes the break!

  14. - - FERRER 6-3 0-1 - Verdasco gets off to a very confident start in this second set as he holds serve comfortably, and the Spaniard finds three big first serves to pin Ferrer back behind the baseline.

  15. - - FERRER 6-3 - SET! It all looks a bit familiar - Verdasco snatches the first couple of points, the first after running down a drop shot impressively, before blasting strokes long and finding himself 40-30 down. Set point comes - and Ferrer seals it by changing up and lifting a drop shot from the back of court out of reach. Superb way to finish a set.

  16. - - FERRER 5-3 - Just not happening for Verdasco - he lets a 40-15 lead slip after blasting a simple putaway straight back into Ferrer's path. Deuce comes up, but this time Verdasco ekes out a hold of serve. It means that Ferrer will need to hold serve to close out the set.

  17. - - FERRER 5-2 - Verdasco is making the number six seed work, taking him to deuce once again, but Ferrer has that little something extra to get him over the line once more. He fires his third ace of the match to bring up game point, then follows it up with a serve down the middle which Verdasco can only stab into the net. One more game required to clinch the opening set.

  18. - - FERRER 4-2 - BREAK! Terrific play from Ferrer - he rattles up three break points in no time at all. Verdasco makes him work for the advantage at 0-40, but Ferrer is up to the challenge, finishing off a lengthy rally with a superb angled backhand volley at the net. Has Ferrer found his range?

  19. - - FERRER 3-2 - Better from Verdasco, who takes a 0-30 lead when Ferrer tries to be over-ambitious with his angled strokes. The sixth seed fights back but is outmuscled by Verdasco on game point, and another Ferrer error produces the first break point of the match. Somehow Ferrer holds him off to get his nose back in front, but it's been an erratic start to the match from both players.

  20. - - FERRER 2-2 - First signs of some lengthy clay-court exchanges in this match, and that's where Ferrer comes into his own. He just hits every shot a little deeper than Verdasco, eventually drawing the errors. But this time it isn't enough to seal a break of serve, as Verdasco digs deep to level.

  21. - - FERRER 2-1 - When Verdasco's moving well and stepping into mid-court, as he does here, he looks a force to be reckoned with. But Ferrer's patience bears fruit, and he waits for Verdasco to make errors before holding to 15.

  22. - - FERRER 1-1 - A solid start from Verdasco, but Ferrer's radar on his returns letting him down. Verdasco blasts a forehand into the net at 40-0 up, but that's the only joy for Ferrer in the game as he finishes with a long forehand.

  23. - - FERRER 1-0 - Couple of easy points against the Ferrer serve for Verdasco, but there's no chance of it turning into a break opportunity. Timid returning from the left-hander allows Ferrer to reel off four points in succession and turn 0-30 down into a comfortable hold.

  24. - - Verdasco had a big win against an unhappy Nadal on the clay in Madrid last week, but there's no telling whether he'll carry that form into this match. Ferrer missed out Rome last year, but he was a finalist here in 2010, and goes into this clash as favourite.

  25. - - The winner of this match is on a collision course for a quarter-final against fourth seed Andy Murray. Check out the full Rome draw here

  26. - - HEAD-TO-HEAD: Ferrer and Verdasco are no strangers. They've met 14 times on the ATP Tour, and both men have seven wins apiece. Last time Ferrer crushed Verdasco 6-1 6-2 in the final of a clay tournament in Acapulco earlier in the year.

David Ferrer

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 02/04/1982
Height 1.75 m
Weight 73 kg

Fernando Verdasco

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 15/11/1983
Height 1.88 m
Weight 88 kg

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