Fernando Verdasco is a very popular player (for some obvious reasons!) but he has had a horrible record against his nation's #1 player for a long time. However the last time they met (in Madrid 2012) Verdasco handed Nadal one of his rare defeats on clay (and I was present to see it!!) The two met on hardcourts in Miami yesterday and amazingly Verdasco was able to win again (6-4 2-6 6-3). Sadly, Verdasco then lost his next round, against Juan Monaco.
Venus Shows She Can Compete With The Best
Venus Williams dispatched World #5 Caroline Wozniacki at the Miami Open in straight sets, managing to maintain her perfect head-to-head record of 7-0 against the Danish former World #1.
Unfortunately, Venus then lost her quarterfinal match against Carla Suarez Navarro despite winning the first set 6-0!
Nadal Likely To Fall To #5
Because Nadal reached the final of the Miami Open last year he has a lot of points to defend his loss to Verdasco means it is very likely that he will fall to World #5, surpassed by Kei Nishikori for the first time.