Hamburg R1 previews and picks: Nadal vs. Verdasco, Robredo vs. Zverev

The Grandstand

Rafa 1Rafael Nadal will kick off his Hamburg campaign on Tuesday against Fernando Verdasco. Tommy Robredo and Alexander Zverev are also part of a jam-packed schedule.

(1) Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando Verdasco

Nadal and Verdasco will be squaring off for the 16th time in their careers at the ATP level when they clash in round one of the bet-at-home Open on Tuesday. The head-to-head series stands at 13-2 in favor of Nadal, but that hardly tells the current story. They have faced each other only once since 2012 and Verdasco has won two in a row at the expense of his fellow Spaniard. Verdasco prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on the blue clay of Madrid in 2012 and most recently took advantage of a slumping opponent by winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 earlier this season at the Miami Masters.

Still struggling with his game after Wimbledon (lost in round two to Dustin Brown)…

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