Match report

Fernando Verdasco ©
3rd round
5/10/12 1 2 3 Tot
es  Fernando Verdasco 6 3 7 2
es  Rafael Nadal 3 6 5 1
Rafael Nadal ©
  • Verdasco stuns Nadal, into Madrid quarters

    5/10/12 7:14 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Fernando Verdasco got his first ever win over countryman Rafael Nadal in a wild three-set match.

    Madrid native Fernando Verdasco shocked the tennis world on Thursday with his first win over Rafael Nadal in 14 tries.

    The world No. 2 was up a double break in the third set, but inexplicably lost three consecutive service games to concede the match.

    Verdasco played better tactically in the first set. With the slick surface to contend with, he kept points short and made Nadal try to scramble around the baseline. Because changing direction was so difficult, Nadal had to let a number of balls go by as winners that he would ordinarily have had no trouble with.

    Nadal started to serve better in the second set, and it was his turn to play more aggressive tennis. The No. 2 seed leveled the match at a set a piece.

    The third set started out sloppy from Verdasco, who allowed Nadal to gain a two-break advantage. The Mallorcan served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4 only to get broken both times.

    Nadal's game continued to fall apart, with the Spaniard serving to stay in the match at 5-6. A few good serves kept him alive for a while, but Verdasco converted on another break point to advance.

    Find the latest tennis odds at

Tell a friend »

Other articles related to the tournament


cant believe this! never seen rafa play so poorly...put the blue dirt behind you now and move onto rome and paris! testing season ahead

rafakid , 5/10/12 9:38 PM

Nobody but NOBODY beats Fer'dasco 14 times in a row!!!!!!!!

chr18 , 5/10/12 9:58 PM

Dasco looks stunned on this photo :)))
Anyway, congrats to him, well deserved win.

danica , 5/10/12 10:35 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

Unibet Mobile prematch,live betting

Unibet Mobile betting Unibet Mobile betting

Scan QR code to access Unibet mobile.
Bet on Sports wherever you are and whenever you like, with Unibet's quick and simple mobile client you can place bets, check results and see live odds.
 For more info about QR codes & scanners click here.

ATP Calendar


Recommend Tennistalk

Follow us

Follow Tennistalk on Facebook Follow Tennistalk on Twitter

Tell a friend

Your name:

Friend's name:

Friend's email:

Other tennis links