According to the AO coverage on Japanese TV, it was Verdasco who asked for the late start today, so he can get treatment on his right leg/ankle---the Japanese word "ashi" can mean any part of the leg/ankle/foot so I can't be sure which, but remember, he twisted his ankle during the Tipsy match although he didn't take medical time out and he was running and running at full speed till the end.
In any case, I hope he's OK because I want to see him and Kei play against each other when both of them can give their 100%!
Btw, I can't watch the match live today, I'm already at work and won't be home until about two hours after the match starts. I will watch it from the beginning as I record it so I will avoid the Internet, including MTF, and all the news sources till it ends!
So see you guys after the match!
Ganbare, Kei! You can do it!!