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

01-19-2010, 02:23 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.

01-19-2010, 02:23 AM
Yes, I admit I did start this thread purely for the title.

Ad Wim
01-19-2010, 02:24 AM
Awful, Verdasco was lucky he didn't have to play 5 sets.

01-19-2010, 02:24 AM
Other title is better.

01-19-2010, 02:25 AM
Pelota furada.

01-19-2010, 02:26 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.

01-19-2010, 02:26 AM
Ball! First two sets :worship: Last two sets :(
Good fighter though.

Vedro - :eek::smash:

01-19-2010, 02:26 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:

01-19-2010, 02:28 AM
*Ahem*, my thread title does have the correct score in it, for all its flippancy.

01-19-2010, 02:30 AM
Mods :cuckoo: they take away the best title.

01-19-2010, 02:30 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.

01-19-2010, 02:33 AM

01-19-2010, 02:46 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!

01-19-2010, 02:50 AM
damn ball could have won this had he dug a little deeper

01-19-2010, 02:52 AM
Fernando :D :hearts:

01-19-2010, 04:16 AM
Nice to see that WC wasn't given for nothing. The guy gave a good run to Verdasco.

Hewitt =Legend
01-19-2010, 05:51 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.

01-19-2010, 06:23 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.

01-19-2010, 07:05 AM
At least he get the job done...

01-19-2010, 11:02 AM
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, 11:09 AM
Well done Fernando. :yeah:

01-19-2010, 01:10 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

01-19-2010, 07:04 PM
great effort by Carsten Pelota :yeah: