For so long this was a rivalry dominated by Rafael Nadal. Between 2003 and 2012 Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal met 14 times on the tour with all 14 meetings going the way of Nadal but Fernando in Madrid, Miami and Melbourne finally got some wins against Nadal but at Indian Wells normal service was resumed by the 14 time Grand Slam champion with a slick and ruthless performance.
When Nadal’s at his best the forehand is firing and in the heat of Indian Wells it was on fire! Defensively and offensively he used the forehand so well throughout the match.
Whether it was the forehand down the line (blue) cross court (red) or even high top-spin forehand (black) it was simply solid.
On a court like this at Indian Wells with the heat and the lack of speed it plays quite similar to a clay court which is promising for Nadal where as in Miami next week conditions are a little quicker.
Nadal’s serve as well was very good throughout the match and is something I will come onto in a future piece about why I think he has the best serve in men’s tennis at the moment but bigger tests are to follow.
After a stunning battle in Melbourne once again Nadal and Federer will go head to head in Indian Wells for a third time in their careers with the head to head in the desert currently at 1-1…