Thursday, March 19, 2009

Indian Wells: Federer to Face Verdasco in the Quarters

Second seed, Roger Federer, booked himself a spot in the Indian Wells quarterfinals after he battled past 17th seed, Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, on Wednesday.

Awaiting the Swiss in the quarters is another Fernando, but this one has more muscle and uglier hair. 10th seed, Fernando Verdasco made it to the quarters after a 3-set win over Philip Kohlschreiber.

Federer leads Verdasco 2-0 in previous meetings, which both came on the clay of Hamburg in 2005 and 2008. But we all know that Verdasco of 2008 or 2005 is far from the present mighty Verdasco, who beat Richard Gasquet 3 and 2 en route to the quarters this week, and took Rafael Nadal to 5 sets in the Aussie Open semis, recording one of the longest matches in the tournament's history.

I am really curious to see how Verdasco will do against Federer. His game is similar to Rafa's and he could be able to trouble Federer.

Federer and Verdasco have an equal 12-2 win-loss record so far this year, where Federer has reached the Aussie Open finals and Doha semis, while Verdasco has made the Brisbane final and lost in the Aussie Open semis.

The other 2 quarterfinalists in the same half of the draw are 4th seeded Andy Murray and unseeded Ivan Ljubicic.

Murray had an easy 4th round where he faced 15th-seed Tommy Robredo, who retired when he was trailing the Scot 2-6, 0-3.

Ljubicic is having an unbelievable run at Indian Wells this week, and it looks like the former world number 3 is making a comeback after having slipped to number 74 in the world. Besides playing 2 really close matches at the Australian Open in January, Ljubicic pretty much had a horrible year so far. So the fact that he's in the quarters this week after knocking out the likes of Gilles Simon [8] and Igor Andreev [22] is rather impressive.

Murray hasn't been quite challenged so far this week and Robredo's retirement in their 4th round match hasn't helped much.

Will Ljubicic hold his ground against Murray, or will the Scot just brush past him?!? How well do you think Verdasco will do against Federer?? Is an upset possible?!

Let me know!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Verdasco now believes he can beat the best after he beat Murray in Australia. I think if plays to Federer's backhand, he can beat him.