Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, ranked 105th in the world, will face Belarusian and world number 91 Ilya Ivashka in the first round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Fernando Verdasco v Ilya Ivashka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Fernando Verdasco v Ilya Ivashka Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 37-year-old Verdasco and the 27-year-old Ivashka.
Verdasco Not a Top 100 Any More
Spanish journeyman Fernando Verdasco comes to Geneva with a 0-3 record in 2021.
The 37-year-old, who fell out of the top 100 for the first time since 2004 this week, has struggled for form over the last two years, hampered by a leg injury and also having tested positive for COVID-19 last year. (He is currently ranked 105th in the world)
A seven-time ATP winner, Verdasco, who has a career-high ranking of 7, is yet to win a set this year. He lost to America’s Bjorn Fratangelo 4-6, 4-6 in his first match of the year at the Miami Open. The loss was followed by a 3-6, 3-6 defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round in Estoril.
In his last match in Madrid, the lefty was handed a 1-6, 4-6 first-round defeat by Christian Garin.
Ivashka Coming Off a Solid Showing in Munich
Facing Verdasco in the first round will be Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka, who comes into the tournament on the back of a solid showing in Munich, where he reached the semifinals.
Playing as a qualifier, the 27-year-old Belarusian upset Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinal before falling to Jan-Lennard Struff in the final four.
Earlier, the World No. 91 had reached the quarterfinal in Marbella and the second round in Barcelona, where he gave Rafael Nadal a tough fight before going down in a tough three-setter.
Ivashka, who is 7-5 this season, will be hoping to make a solid start in Geneva and build on what has been pretty solid year so far.
Fernando Verdasco v Ilya Ivashka Prediction and Tip
While Ivashka is in great form, Verdasco has struggled to even win a set this year. Clearly the Belarusian will be the favourite to win this contest and advance in straight sets.