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Anderson vs Verdasco ATP Vienna Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Anderson faces Verdasco test in Vienna semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 27 Oct 2018
  • Kevin Anderson vs Fernando Verdasco is live from Vienna on Saturday, 27 October from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
  • Verdasco leads 5-3 on head-to-head
Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

After benefiting from retirements in their respective quarter finals, Kevin Anderson and Fernando Verdasco go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Saturday.

For all the good work Anderson has done to get himself into the top ten, the South African has still not won a title above the ATP 250 level, but he has another opportunity to correct that this week, as he stands just two wins away from the Vienna title.

Anderson is looking reach his fifth ATP 500 final, and should he go all the way to claim the Erste Bank Open title, he will confirm his spot at the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in his career.

The 32-year-old began the week in seventh position in the Race to London, but he has now jumped above Marin Cilic into sixth place following his efforts this week. Most of that effort was expended in the first round against Nikoloz Basilashvili, against whom the South African had to save match point before emerging with a 4-6 7-6 6-3 victory over the Georgian.

The world number eight then benefited from a walkover in the second round when Jürgen Melzer withdrew due to health problems.

More good fortune would come Anderson's way, as Borna Coric retired hurt from Friday's quarter final soon after dropping the opening set. Anderson had dug out a very tight first set on a tie break, but Coric, who had received some medical attention on his foot during the first set, decided he could not continue while leading 2-1 in the second set.

Anderson will now attempt to reach his fifth final of the season, the other four being Pune, New York (which he won), Acapulco and Wimbledon. A profitable 2018 has also produced first Masters 1000 semi-finals in Madrid and Toronto, while he also made that Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, famously beating Roger Federer from two sets down in the quarter finals. 

Next up for the second seed is Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco. 


Like Anderson, Verdasco booked his last four ticket via a retirement, as Gael Monfils retired while trailing 6-4 2-1 on Friday. 

Fernando Verdasco. (Photo cby NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Verdasco is through to his fourth semifinal of the year, and will look to reach his first final since a runner-up finish in Rio in February. His other semi-finals were in Bastad and Shenzhen.

He also reached the fourth round at Roland Garros, while he made the third round at the US Open, Indian Wells and Miami in his other 2018 performances worthy of mention. Now a veteran of the tour at 34, the former world number seven remains a dangerous floater in any ATP draw, as he has shown with his three top-ten victories this year. He beat Dominic Thiem in Rio, and then took out Grigor Dimitrov at both Indian Wells and Roland Garros. He also scored two wins over Andy Murray- at the US Open and Shenzhen- as the former world made his comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off.

As long as the big leftie serve and the raking forehand persist, the Spaniard will always be a factor. He does tend to check out mentally at times, but when he is feeling good, he is very still capable of troubling and beating some of the best in the world.

Verdasco needed three sets to get through his first two rounds against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Kyle Edmund, but he got some reprieve in the last round, when an injured Monfils could not finish the match.

Verdasco leads Anderson 5-3 on head-to-head, and interestingly, he leads 2-0 on indoor hard courts, having beaten the South African in Stockholm and Paris, both last year. Two of Anderson's three wins have been on grass.

These two have played some really tight matches over the years- Verdasco's two wins on indoor hard courts were 7-6 7-6 and 5-7 6-4 7-5- hence it's a very tough to call. A few tie breaks may be required to separate them on Saturday. I’ll go against the head-to-head and back Anderson for this one because of his overall calmness and consistency, as against Verdasco’s unpredictability. Mind, that unpredictability could also mean a match-winning performance from the Spaniard!

Kevin Anderson vs Fernando Verdasco is live from Vienna on Saturday, 27 October from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST

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Anderson vs Verdasco ATP Vienna Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Anderson faces Verdasco test in Vienna semi-final

Kevin Anderson takes on Fernando Verdasco in the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Can Anderson see off the dangerous Spaniard? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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