The 26th racket of the world, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, in three sets, broke the resistance of Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, who occupies the 161st line of the ATP rating, with a score of 4/6, 6/3, 7/5 at the start of the tournament in Marseille.
The meeting lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. During this time, the 35-year-old Verdasco performed 15 aces, made a mistake six times in filing and sold three break points, and the 26-year-old Gerasimov filed 12 times, made five double mistakes and made two breaks.
Previously, athletes did not meet each other. In the second round of the competition Open 13 Provence Verdasco will play either with the German Matthias Bachinger, or with the Belgian Steve Darcis.