• Verdasco gets much-needed win in Madrid

    5/5/13 5:26 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Verdasco gets much-needed win in Madrid Fernando Verdasco kicks off his Madrid campaign with a straight-set win over David Goffin on Sunday. Verdasco now awaits either Milos Raonic or Nikolay Davydenko.

    Fernando Verdasco scored a 7-6(2), 6-2 win over David Goffin in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday afternoon. Verdasco, who is defending quarterfinal points after last year's run that included an upset of Rafael Nadal, prevailed in one hour and 33 minutes.

    A competitive first set twice saw Goffin battle back from a break down. The 61st-ranked Belgian leveled the terms at 3-3 with a scalp of his opponent's serve and he accomplished the same feat in the 12th game to force a tiebreaker. Goffin, however, lost the first four points of the decider and never came close to making it interesting.

    Their only previous encounter had went to five sets at this season's Australian Open, a match also won by Verdasco. This time, however, the Spaniard was not about to be dragged into another long one. He broke Goffin on two more occasions and saved the only break point he faced in the second set to make his advantage stand up. Verdasco capitalized on match point at 5-2 by forcing Goffin into a forehand error.

    Both players recorded the exact same service numbers: three aces, two double-faults, and 71 percent of their first serves in play. The world No. 45 will go up against either Milos Raonic or Nikolay Davydenko during second-round action.

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