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AO R1: Verdasco def. Ball 6-7 7-6 7-5 6-2

Lopez
01-19-2010, 03:23 AM
Tight sets with Verdasco's consistency prevailing in the end but honestly Ball had one of the most ridiculous gameplans I've ever seen. With that huge serve of his, resorting to mainly pushing from the baseline against one of the strongest baseliners in the game at the moment. Ball won the majority of the points where he took the initiative, how could he not see that?

He should really approach the net more and work on his volleying. Also he should just step in on the return and really try to put pressure on the server, he hit some nice aggressive returns today.

Sjengster
01-19-2010, 03:23 AM
Yes, I admit I did start this thread purely for the title.

Ad Wim
01-19-2010, 03:24 AM
Awful, Verdasco was lucky he didn't have to play 5 sets.

TMJordan
01-19-2010, 03:24 AM
Other title is better.

Ilovetheblues_86
01-19-2010, 03:25 AM
Pelota furada.

Huntress555
01-19-2010, 03:26 AM
Great effort by Ball! If only he could have taken that second set TB but not to be. Still he has to take alot from this match today.

Well done to Verdasco though.

DanaKz
01-19-2010, 03:26 AM
Ball! First two sets :worship: Last two sets :(
Good fighter though.

Vedro - :eek::smash:

FlameOn
01-19-2010, 03:26 AM
The third set score was 7-5. ;)
Anyway, nicely done Nando. Hopefully he'll play better after a good workout in R1.

BTW ball apparently had 76 winners, was he really pushing? :confused:

Sjengster
01-19-2010, 03:28 AM
*Ahem*, my thread title does have the correct score in it, for all its flippancy.

Ilovetheblues_86
01-19-2010, 03:30 AM
Mods :cuckoo: they take away the best title.

NoFroz
01-19-2010, 03:30 AM
Most entertaining match so far for me, was rooting hard for Ball. Crappy BP conversion from both, but there were some nice points especially from Ball, Verdasco however was far from his best.

LocoPorElTenis
01-19-2010, 03:33 AM
Mugdasco.

Havok
01-19-2010, 03:46 AM
That's probably the best Ball will ever play in his career, but this was an entertaining match. Should have never lost a set with 3 bp's right away to grab a 2-0 lead and Verdasco set the tone for the match with shit conversions. This is the first time he really needs to defend something big and has more expectations on his shoulder, you can see he was visibly nervous out there a bit but should loosen up as the rounds go by. Should be a thrilling 4r match vs Davydenko!

docking34
01-19-2010, 03:50 AM
damn ball could have won this had he dug a little deeper

Alek
01-19-2010, 03:52 AM
Fernando :D :hearts:

Bascule
01-19-2010, 05:16 AM
Nice to see that WC wasn't given for nothing. The guy gave a good run to Verdasco.

Hewitt =Legend
01-19-2010, 06:51 AM
Really good effort from Ball, he kept trying until the end, just needs to be more solid on his groundies, they can be really shaky especially when he's put under pressure.

Something to bulid on for the rest of the year and hopefully this time next year he will be top 100.

Audacity
01-19-2010, 07:23 AM
I only saw part of the 4th set, and from what I saw Verdasco was returning really well. Better than expected scoreline for Ball.

born_on_clay
01-19-2010, 08:05 AM
At least he get the job done...

Vida
01-19-2010, 12:02 PM
ball was too good for his real ability. he thought he can get get away with anything, and that cost him in those TB's.

Nole fan
01-19-2010, 12:09 PM
Well done Fernando. :yeah:

aussie_fan
01-19-2010, 02:10 PM
Ball was quite impressive, not as inconsistent as usual, hit a lot of winners but yes as the OP said, that should be his gameplan which he seems to fall back on pushing a bit in some points

ChinoRios4Ever
01-19-2010, 08:04 PM
great effort by Carsten Pelota :yeah: