Re: Olympics R1: Istomin def Verdasco 6-4 7-6 (9)
Verdasco is absolutely useless these days. Shows the 'depth' in tennis when he's ranked at 16 when he's done nothing since the 2010 claycourt season where he ruined his RG chances by playing 8+ hours expending physical and emotional energy in Nice. He's a mess. The movement, that backhand, tactics, hair (jesus) and defence.
Istomin was lucky to get out of there in straight sets, playing 8 feet behind the baseline every time he got a look in on a Verdasco serve.
The handshake was hardly a warm embrace, but I've seen far worse from Verdasco and especially under such circumstances, so credit to him for not completely throwing the toys out of the pram and making me cringe again.