Fernando is lucky that Rycka was injured and couldn't close out the set. Can't afford to make these sort of stupid mistakes against more experienced players.
Exactly what I was thinking! Verdasco was abysmal up to 2-5. But Berankis couldn't deal with the fact that Verdasco started to play much better and he was having problems with his back at the same time. That combination was his downfall, and Verdasco served out the set. Then when Verdasco broke early in the second set he probably figured he didn't stand a chance anyway since Verdasco played better and he didn't want to risk his back. Good decision.
I do think Berankis would have won if he didn't get injured though. Verdasco was very lucky today. He can't continue playing like this if he wants to win his next match though. He was an error machine, simply not good enough.