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Verdasco vs Herbert tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Former finalist Verdasco to maintain perfect record vs Herbert in Monte Carlo

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 15 Apr 2019
  • Fernando Verdasco faces Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
  • Verdasco vs Herbert is live from the Monte-Carlo Masters on Tuesday at 11am local/10am BST
Fernando Verdasco (PA Sport)

Former Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters finalist Fernando Verdasco faces Montpellier finalist Pierre-Hugues Herbert.


One of the last first-round matches to be contested at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters sees Fernando Verdasco taking on Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Fernando Verdasco (PA Sport)
Currently ranked world no. 38, Verdasco has won four of his seven ATP Tour career titles on clay, including the Barcelona Open in 2010, as well as reaching ten of his 16 additional ATP Tour finals on clay, most recently at the Rio Open in 2018, when he beat Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini before finishing runner-up to Diego Schwartzman.

With a career win-loss record of 278-173 to his credit, Verdasco has made the round of 16 at the French Open no fewer than seven times and at Masters 1000 Series level, has made the quarterfinals or better on nine different occasions, including making the semifinals of Rome in 2010 (with a win over Novak Djokovic no less) and the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters itself earlier the same year, again beating Djokovic and Tomas Berdych before finishing runner-up to Nadal.

Since making the quarterfinals of Madrid in 2012, however, Verdasco hasn’t made the last eight at any of the clay-court Masters 1000 Series events, and hasn’t won back-to-back matches at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters since making the round of 16 the same year. Verdasco has won just two of his last six matches at the first clay-court Masters 1000 Series of the season, and lost to Marin Cilic in the second round in 2018.

Verdasco is 8-7 so far in 2019, having won back-to-back matches at the Australian Open – losing to Cilic despite leading by two sets in the third round – and at the Sofia Open where he made the quarterfinals, but not since. After losing to Roger Federer in three sets at the DubaI Duty Free Tennis Championships, Verdasco sat out Indian Wells and Miami – presumably due to imminent fatherhood – and returned to action in Marrakech last week where he lost to qualifier Adrian Menendez Maceiras in the first round, although he had good reason to be a little distracted, having just welcomed his first child with wife Ana.


Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Verdasco’s first-round opponent at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, is looking for just his third match win at the event in four appearances, having lost in the first round in 2017 and in the second round in 2016 and 2018.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (PA Sport)
The lanky, big-serving Frenchman hit a career-high singles ranking of world no. 36 in February of this year after making the second ATP Tour final of his career and the first for three years in Shenzhen in 2018 (losing to Yoshihito Nishioka) and reaching the third in Montpellier in February (losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

Herbert, a career Grand Slam doubles champion with partner Nicolas Mahut, also made the round of 16 at Indian Wells in 2018, but failed to defend those points when he lost in the first round to Philipp Kohlschreiber and also lost in the first round of the Miami Masters to Filip Krajinovic. Attempting to bolster his ranking by dropping down to the Challenger Tour didn’t pay off, either, as Herbert lost in the second round of the Sophia Antipolis Challenger, despite being the top seed, to qualifier Gianluca Mager, the world no. 179.

Like Verdasco, Herbert started his ATP Tour clay-court season in Marrakech last week where he got a win over Thomas Fabbiano in three sets before losing to eventual champion Benoit Paire in straight sets. And he has already suffered one defeat at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters – a straight-sets doubles defeat to Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof.

I can see why the conditions at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where the clay is reportedly slow, would not suit the big-serving, serve-and-volley Herbert, and that doesn’t bode well for him in this first-round match-up with Verdasco. The Spaniard leads their head-to-head 3-0, although their one clay-court match was the closest – a duel at the French Open in 2017 which went to five sets. Herbert would no doubt dearly love revenge, and new father Verdasco might not be at his most focused, but these are not conditions which play to Herbert’s strengths and it should be Verdasco who comes through to the second round. 


Verdasco vs Herbert Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tennis is live on Tuesday at 11am local/10am BST

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