Australia’s John Millman will face Fernando Verdasco of Spain for the second time in as many weeks when they go up against each other in the second round of the 2020 Astana Open on Wednesday, October 27. The match is likely to start sometime after 12 pm local time (7 am BST or 2 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this John Millman v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Millman v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
This will be their third meeting and second in a span of a week. Overall, the scoreline is 1-1, with Verdasco having won their first match in Eastbourne in 2019 while Millman getting revenge last week when he overcame the Spaniard at Cologne. Both matches were opening round encounters.
Millman’s Hunting for Back to Back Wins
Millman was not too far away from winning the final set tie-breaker of his third round match of the Australian Open earlier this year in a thrilling match against Roger Federer. He blinked at the worst possible occasion and lost a match he should have won.
By the looks of things, that defeat seemed to have taken a sting out of his remaining performances. In the nine tournaments he has played since then, Millman hasn’t won back to back matches in even one. A second round loss at the US Open was his best performance where he lost to Frances Tiafoe.
Even in the two tournaments in Cologne, Millman went out to Mischa Zverev in the opener and then lost to his brother Alexander in the same competition next week.
In indoor tournaments, Millman has had a couple of title wins at the Challenger level but taking that step up hasn’t been that easy. Can he take advantage of his superior ranking here to push on deeper into the tournament?
Verdasco 2-5 Since Australian Open
It wasn’t that bad a start to the season for Fernando Verdasco, reaching the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open and then repeating a back-to-back set of wins at the Australian Open.
A switch over to clay, however, made it a lot tougher for the Spaniard despite playing opponents ranked lower than him. At the Cordoba Open, he went down to Carlos Taberner, who has never seen a better ranking than 148th in the world.
If he thought things would get better at the Rio Open, that also didn’t quite work out as he fell to Pablo Andujar after that. Following on from the pandemic break, a failure to qualify for the Rome Masters, and 1-2 win-loss at the Cologne tournaments means he entered the Astana Open with a lot of question-marks over his form.
That he managed to managed to overcome Australia’s James Duckworth in straight sets would have made things slightly better for him. Question, however, is if he can take the scalp of a second Aussie in a row.
John Millman v Fernando Verdasco Prediction and Tip
Millman starts off at 1/2 to win this but his own form hasn’t been up to the scratch anyway and we think we could see a three-setter here.
Tip: Over 22.5 games in the match: 1/1 (bet365)