World No. 22 and number 15 seed Christian Garin of Chile will take on Fernando Verdasco of Spain, ranked 71, in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Monday, May 3. Get the live streaming options of this Christian Garin v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Christian Garin v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
The pair have met once before in a hard court event in Chengdu, China in 2019. Garin winning in three sets.
Garin Coming off Strong Chile Showing This Year
Garin is the archetypal South American clay court specialist. The winner of the French Open title as a junior, he has now won five senior ATP titles on clay, the most recent of which came on home soil in Santiago, Chile in March.
That was only his third event of the year as he was one of the players who decided to skip the Australian Open this year.
Subsequently, he reached the third round in Monte Carlo, losing to the eventual winner Stefanos Tsitsipas, but lost in the first round in Barcelona, and suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Cameron Norrie in Estoril last week.
The 24-year old does not have a good record in Master’ events, especially on clay, although this is the first time he has played in Madrid.
A good run in Spain would boost his confidence ahead of the challenges to come leading up to the French Open.
Spanish Veteran Verdasco Given Wildcard in Madrid
Now 37, Verdasco has been granted a wildcard entry into his home Masters’ event. A former top ten player, this will be only the Spaniard’s third event of 2021, having lost the two previous matches he has played this year, in Miami and Estoril.
In truth, he has played comparatively little in the past two years because of fitness problems – a long standing muscle injury meant that he had been playing in pain for some time, and it took months of medical treatment to rectify the problem.
And no sooner had he got over that when he then caught Covid – twice.
Four years ago, he was a French Open semi-finalist, and he has twice been a quarter-finalist in Madrid, but that was before his injury issues.
Can he expect something of himself this week?
Garin v Verdasco Prediction and Tip
Garin will start a very heavy favourite to win this contest against a man who has had to battle with fitness concerns for much of the last year, and is now at the veteran stage of his career.