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Fernando Verdasco defeated home hope Jeremy Chardy in straight sets and will next face world No.1 Rafa Nadal

Fernando Verdasco breezed past an out-of-sorts Jeremy Chardy at the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday to offer himself a tasty opportunity of making life very uncomfortable for his great Spanish compatriot Rafael Nadal on his return to action.

In the first match of the day on Court Central, the veteran southpaw from Madrid continued his fine end-of-season form with a comprehensive 6-4 6-4 victory over French hope Chardy, looking in the sort of mood to offer Nadal a few problems in the second round on Wednesday.

For though Nadal has an intimidating 16-3 career record against his fellow leftie, no-one will know better than the world No.1 how dangerous Verdasco can be, especially since he’s won three of their last six meetings.

At 34, the Qatar-based Verdasco is still maintaining his fitness and form admirably, having reached semi-finals in Shenzhen and Vienna over the past month, and looked here in the sort of shape to make it a difficult night for Nadal in the great man’s first match since his knee injury lay-off.

Not that Verdasco even had to be at his best to book his second-round place with the world No.40 Chardy, who played such a lacklustre age that the Spaniard even appeared to ask after his health at the end of the one-sided 80-minute contest.

For apart from a spell in the first set when he reeled off three games and came perilously close to taking a 4-2 lead, the 31-year-old kept misfiring, making 33 unforced errors including seven double faults.

Chardy played an horrendous service game at 4-4 in the first to get broken to love and from that point, Verdasco never loosened his grip, breaking for a 2-1 lead in the second set that he never looked likely to relinquish.

Medvedev advances in double-quick time

Daniil Medvedev continued his stellar season with a lightning swift dismissal of Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round, winning 6-2 6-2 in just 50 minutes on Court 1.

Completely dominant and completely taking the racket out of the hands of his normally much more stubborn Spanish opponent, the 22-year-old Russian, who has three titles to his name already this season, lost only one point out of 28 behind his first serve in the last game of the match.

His win set up a very attractive-looking second round encounter with another of the game’s soaring talents, Borna Coric.

Khachanov the first through to the third round

Matt Ebden had been given a second chance as a ‘lucky loser’ following Kyle Edmund’s withdrawal through injury but his reprieve ultimately did not prove too fortunate for the Australian as he was forced to retire with injury and illness during his match against Karen Khachanov.

The Russian became the first man to book his place in the third round after Ebden, barely able to play at half-strength after losing the first set 6-2, finally decided to call it a day - and a season - at 0-2 and 0-40 down in the second.

Ebden had called for the doctor and trainer at 4-1 down in the opening set as he appeared to be suffering badly but despite taking pain-killers and medication after complaining that he couldn’t focus properly, he was clearly in no state to give the in-form Khachanov even the remotest challenge. His ordeal eventually ended after a painful three quarters of an hour.

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