• Smyczek boots Verdasco out of SAP Open

    2/13/13 8:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Smyczek boots Verdasco out of SAP Open Tim Smyczek disposes of Fernando Verdasco and does so emphatically on Tuesday in San Jose. Smyczek is through to a second-round meeting with either Ivo Karlovic or Steve Johnson.

    Fernando Verdasco finished runner-up at the SAP Open in 2011, but he won't be making it nearly that far in 2013.

    Tim Smyczek easily dispatched Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 during first-round action on Tuesday night in San Jose. Smyczek saved the only two break points he faced before advancing in one hour and two minutes.

    Verdasco, who is now a meager 2-3 for the season, came out slow and never got on track. The fifth-seeded Spaniard dropped serve in the third game of the match and he was broken again at 3-5 to lose the opening set.

    It was all but over when Verdasco struck an errant backhand on break point at 2-3 in the second. Smyczek served well the entire time and did not face a single break point in set two, so it was full steam ahead for him after obtaining a 4-2 advantage. The world No. 105 held at love for the match, cruising through a game that featured two aces, a forehand winner, and a clinching backhand winner.

    Next up for the American is either countryman Steve Johnson or big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic.

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Will Verdasco join Isner in the "top underperformers" list for 2013?

scoot , 2/14/13 2:03 AM

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