VERDASCO 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 6-1 - GAME, SET & MATCH - A first match point goes begging for Verdasco as he hits just marginally wide across court of the backhand wing and the second goes begging when his forehand down the line catches the top of the tape and fails to go over. But the 16th seed does wrap up the win at the third attempt when Malisse's cross court return of serve goes just wide.
Xavier Malisse - Fernando Verdasco
French Open men - 26 May 2011
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VERDASCO 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) - SET - Verdasco sneaks ahead 3-0 in the breaker only to be pegged back by Malisse. But the Belgian cannot maintain his run and he ends up slapping a wild forehand return well wide across court as Verdasco wraps up the set
VERDASCO 4-6 3-6 - SET - After a couple of stalled attempts Verdasco has levelled up his clash with Malisse at one set all, the Spaniard finding a great first serve (on his third set point) that Malisse can only return wide across court off the backhand wing
VERDASCO 4-6 - SET - Another forehand into the bottom of the net from Verdasco helps Malisse to hold without any trouble and take the first set
VERDASCO 4-5 - BREAK - And talking of Verdasco and Malisse, the Belgian (having lost his way slighty in the middle of the set) will serve gfor the first set after the change of ends after breaking again to love when Verdasco send a forehand into the net
VERDASCO 1-2 - Break! Verdasco has not made a particularly good start to his clash with Xavier Malisse out on Court 1 as the Belgian has broken in just the third game as the Spaniard struggles to find his range