Verdasco showed no mercy to young Bulgarian prodigy

Fernando Verdasco eased into the second round at Sofia Open 2019. The Spaniard showed no mercy to his young Bulgarian rival Aleksandar Lazarov and won 6:2, 6:1 in just 51 minutes. Lazarov was the last Bulgarian in the single draw after winning his first ATP points with two wins in the qualifiers – against Lukas Lacko and Luca Vanni.

Next Verdasco will face last year runner up here Marius Copil for a place in the quarterfinals.

“This was a dream came true. It wasn’t a tough match at all. I think the three games I won were enough. Now I am tired. I haven’t slept the last couple of nights. This night till 4:30 am I watched his matches, trying to build some strategy, but, you saw, I couldn’t. I respect him a lot. I was nervous. This was a big thing for me. I need to use this year experience as a trampoline and to go on. My goal is Top400. I want to put realistic goals and not to be disappointed at the end of the year. The most important thing that I learned is to fight till the very end”, Lazarov said.