German No. 1 Tommy Haas and Fernando Verdasco will meet in the opening round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, in what is expected to be a riveting clash between two veteran competitors. The Haas vs Verdasco head-to-head series stands at 2-1.
After a disappointing start to his season, where he lost in the opening round in Auckland to Jack Sock and in the opening round of the Australian Open to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, world No. 12 Tommy Haas has recovered nicely to reach his first ATP World Tour final this season. While he would lose in Zagreb to Marin Cilic, it was the first strong week on the tour this season for Haas. He will be looking to carry forth that momentum this week in Rotterdam, where he meets Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the opening round.
World No. 32 Verdasco has reached the second round of both the tournaments he has partaken in (Doha, Melbourne), bringing his record to 2-2. Both his losses came to players ranked far below him, emphasizing his lack of form since the start of the 2014 season. Verdasco will be looking to get his biggest win this season and his first over a higher-ranked opponent in 2014 when he meets Tommy Haas in the opening round in Rotterdam.
While Haas leads the head-to-head series 2-1, Verdasco holds the most recent victory at the 2009 US Open, while Haas’ last win came in 2008. Strictly analyzing just their respective performances in 2014, it is clear that Haas is the player carrying far more momentum and is quickly regaining the form that shot him back into the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. While Verdasco is certainly a tough competitor, he is simply not playing his best tennis this season and will have a hard time winning more than one set on Wednesday.
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