AUGUST 3, by Paula Schumann
Second round matches were under way on Tuesday evening at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. The skies were cloudy but temperature tolerable, a slight reprieve from the otherwise hot and sticky weather of late. The grounds were buzzing with the crowd’s anticipation of seeing local favorite Andy Roddick.
First up on the Stadium Court were two lefties, Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Michael Berrer (GER). After taking the first set 6-4, Berrer continued to hold on to his lead in the second set, and at 5-3 it looked like it might be all over for Verdasco. On what seemed like the final game, Berrer served and suddenly Verdasco came alive, taking the game to deuce. Berrer got the next point by making a shot that clipped the net and fell onto the other side for ad in. Verdasco won the next two points, seizing the opportunity to break Berrer’s serve. The crowd, which was solidly behind Verdasco, went wild. The turn around continued and Verdasco took the second set 7-5. Continue reading