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World number 2 Andy Murray faces Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter finals, with the Spaniard a genuine danger despite his unseeded status.
The 29 year-old has been somewhat dismissed by much of the British press and public, with his ranking dropping outside the top 50, and the fact that expected quarter final opponents Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal exited early has resulted in a sense that Verdasco has gatecrashed a party he wasn’t invited to attend.
As the old adage goes though, a player can only beat the opponent on the other side of the net, and neither Murray nor Verdasco can be criticised for this match coming to light.
Verdasco is certainly there on merit, dropping a single set in his four matches in his first round victory over Xavier Malisse.
He has made strong changes, bringing in Richie Sanchez as coach and switching racquets, and it has clearly paid dividends.
When on a purple patch, Verdasco’s monstrous forehand can blast anyone off the court, with its 3000rpm a devastating addition to the already massive power.
Murray’s shotmaking, movement and tennis brain ought to see him through, but in a Wimbledon Championships full of upsets, his progression at SW19 is far from guaranteed.
Only his best tennis will be good enough to make this a straightforward victory, but having won all four of his matches in straight sets so far, the signs are good for the Briton.