Verdasco won’t be afraid of facing Nadal in Australian Open opener: Annacone

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 0


The draw for the season-opening Grand Slam, the Australian Open, was unveiled on Friday. Like every year, some surprise first-round matches have been drawn, the highlight of which is the opener between Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco.

Although Nadal leads the head-to-head record by 14-2, his countryman Verdasco has won two off their last three meetings between the two, making the upcoming encounter the one to watch out for.

Paul Annacone, best known for formerly coaching 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, revealed that the match up came as a surprise to him, and that he foresees it to be an eventful clash.

“Unbelievable that they’re playing first round. I’ll be watching. I’ll be very surprised if that’s not a long battle because they know each other so well and they’re very comfortable,” Annacone told Sport360.

“Fernando is not going to be afraid of Rafa,” he continued further. “Rafa knows how difficult it will be, so I expect it’s going to be a long match.”

The main draw of the Australian Open 2016 is scheduled to kick-start from January 18 at Melbourne Park Down Under.


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