- Fernando Verdasco
Infobox Tennis player
playername = Fernando Verdasco
country = ESP
datebirth = birth date and age|1983|11|15
height = height|m=1.87
weight = convert|81|kg|lk=on|abbr=on
turnedpro = 2001
plays = Left-handed; two-handed backhand
singlesrecord = 177–142
singlestitles = 2
highestsinglesranking = No. 11 (
July 21, 2008)
AustralianOpenresult = 2R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
FrenchOpenresult = 4R (2007, 2008)
Wimbledonresult = 4R (2006, 2008)
USOpenresult = 4R (2005)
doublesrecord = 50–62
doublestitles = 1
highestdoublesranking = No. 67 (
April 25, 2005)
August 25, 2008
Fernando Verdasco Pahima Carmona (born
November 15, 1983in Madrid) is a professional tennisplayer from Spain. He is currently one of the top Spanish tennis players, he performs well on all surfaces. Verdasco started playing tennis at four years of age and got a full-time coach when he was eight. Verdasco considers his forehand his best shot, plays left-handed and has a double-handed backhand. Andy Roddickhas said he considers Verdasco's forehand the biggest in the game today.
He turned professional in 2001, finishing as world number 464. 2002 was a good year for him, as he won his first Futures category title in Spain F1 and was runner-up in Spain F3. He played his second career challenger in
Segovia, where he reached the final after beating Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkovin the semifinals. He then reached two additional Challengersemifinals in Kievand in Eckental, finishing the year in the top 200, at 173.
In 2003, Verdasco played his first Masters Series tournament (
Miami Masters. He joined the main draw as a qualifier, and after defeating Karol Kuceraand Max Mirnyi, Verdasco lost to countryman Carlos Moyàin the third round. After this good performance, he had a poor season on clay, and then he lost in the first round of Wimbledon against Finnish Jarkko Nieminenin five sets. Then, Verdasco played in Cincinnati, where he lost to Andy Roddickin straight sets. He reached the third round at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Thai Paradorn Srichaphanafter defeating countryman Tommy Robredoin the first round and Italian Davide Sanguinettiin the second round.
After finishing in 2003 as 109th in the world (with a 15-8 record in challengers), he had a breakthrough in 2004, when he won his first ATP title in Valencia. He defeated defending champion
Juan Carlos Ferreroin the semifinal and Albert Montañésin the final. He also reached the final in Acapulco, losing to Carlos Moyaand the quarterfinals in Halle and in 's-Hertogenbosch on grass. He reached the third round in two Masters Series: the Hamburg Mastersand the Madrid Masters. He reached the quarterfinals in Stockholm, the semifinals in Kitzbühel and won a doubles title in Stockholm (with countryman Feliciano López), ending the year 36th in the world.
In 2005 he defeated
Andy Roddicktwice, in Miami and in Rome. In Rome, the match was famous for Roddick being matchpointup on Verdasco's serve and having the match end with a double fault from Verdasco, but Roddick claimed that the serve wasn't out and the match went on, with Verdasco winning. He also reached the quarters of Valencia (where he was defending the title), Rome and New Haven; the semis of Sankt Petersburg; and was finalist in Kitzbühel, where he lost to Argentine Gastón Gaudio. But Verdasco reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Jarkko Nieminenafter defeating Serb Novak Đoković. His year-end ranking improved slightly to No. 32 in the world.
Fernando reached the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating
Vince Spadeaand German Benjamin Beckerand also upsetting 3rd seed and former runner-up David Nalbandiánin straight sets in the third round. Verdasco then lost to Czech Radek Štěpánekin five sets. At the U.S. Open, Fernando reached the third round, but lost to eventual runner-up Andy Roddickin five sets. In previous rounds, Fernando defeated Fabrice Santoroin four sets and Thiago Alvesin three. Fernando then lost in the quarters of Palermo where he lost to Rubén Ramírez Hidalgoand then he lost to Ramírez Hidalgo again the following week in the first round of Metz. Verdasco didn't win any match in the rest of year, he lost to Italian Daniele Bracciali in Moscow, and then in the last two Masters Series tournaments of the year, he lost to Tim Henmanin Madrid Mastersand to Michael Llodrain Paris Masters. Verdasco finished the year ranked 35th on the ATP rankings.
In 2007, he lost to Serb
Novak Đokovićin the 4th round of the French Open. In the previous rounds of Roland Garros he beat Jérôme Haehnelin the 1st round, Dmitry Tursunovin the 2nd round and David Ferrerin the 3rd round. Before reaching the 4th round in the French Open, he lost in the first round in the 3 Masters Series tournaments on clay. He lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquetin both Monte Carlo Mastersand Rome Masters, and to Czech Tomáš Berdychin Hamburg Masters. In the grass season, he lost in the 1st round in Queen's and he reached the 3rd round in Wimbledon, where he lost to 3rd seed Andy Roddickafter beating American Bobby Reynoldsin the 1st round and Italian Andreas Seppiin the 2nd round. At the Madrid MastersVerdasco cruised through to the second round with a win over Albert Montañés, beating him in straight sets but in second round he faced third seed Novak Đokovićand after winning the first set, the Serb player won the second and the third sets by the same score: 6–3. At the St. Petersburg Open, Verdasco played some brilliant tennis to reach the final without losing a single set. En route to this final, he defeated Marin Čilić, who defeated Nikolay Davydenkoearly on, in the semifinal. However, his quest to win the title ended with a 6–2, 6–3 defeat by Scot Andy Murray. Still, this soild performance raised Verdasco's position in the ATP rankings to 27 the next week.
Fernando entered the
Australian Openas the 25th seed. He won his opening match with a strong performance against Thierry Ascione6–4,6–0,6–3. He lost his second round match in a close battle with Serbian Janko Tipsarević, who later went on to take Roger Federerto 5 sets. Fernando entered the Dubai Tennis Championshipswith a possible second round opponent of either Roger Federeror Andy Murray, his opponent would be Murray after he beat Federer in three sets. Fernando managed to take Murray to three sets but after a good performance he lost the match 3–6, 6–3, 6–7 (5–7). In Berlin, Fernando and doubles partner Feliciano Lopezclinched Spain's spot in the Davis Cupsemifinals after defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiberand Philipp Petzschnerin a four hour and 45 minute marathon match, 6-7(3), 7-6(1), 6-4, 2-6, 12-10. At the Monte Carlo Mastersin MonacoFernando lost to Gael Monfilsin straight sets in the first round. In Barcelona the following week he also lost his first round match in straight sets to Nicolás Lapentti. His form improved dramatically for the Rome Masterswhere he reached the third round, en-route he got the better of Carlos Moyaand Nicolás Lapentti (who had beaten him the week earlier) before losing in a thriller to James Blake. Fernando continued his run of excellent form into the Hamburg Masterswhere he beat Mikhail Youzhnyin the first round 6-2,6-3. In the second round he beat Michael Llodra6-2,6-0. Fernando then went on to record a remarkable win against compatriot David Ferrerin straight sets, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. His run ended when he met the world number 1 Roger Federerlosing 6-3,6-3. At the French OpenFernando was seeded No.22 and enjoyed a good run, ending when he lost to Rafael Nadalin the last 16, winning just 3 games. On June 9th Fernando achieved his career high ranking of No.20, as a result of his run at the French Open. He reached the final of the Nottingham Openraising his ranking to a career high of No.18. At Wimbledon, he lost to Mario Ancicin a five set thriller in which the last set lasted over 90 minutes and ended 13-11, in the fourth round. His performance at The Wimbledon Championships brought his world ranking to a career high of No. 13. His most recent ATP victory was in Umag(Studena Croatian Open Umag), Croatiawhen he battled with Igor Andreev in what was called the best final the tournament had seen. Afterwards, he again improved in the rankings to 11th place. Verdasco was the 13th seed at the US Open in 2008. He lost to the 23rd seed Igor Andreevin the 3rd round.
Fernando is a very aggressive baseliner who is widely considered consistent on all surfaces. Many players including
Andy Roddickconsider Verdasco to have one of the hardest forehands on tour. His serve is characteristic of a left-handed player predominantly using slice to create a lot of swing. He is known for rivaling compatriot Rafael Nadalwith the amount of top spin he can put on a ball. Fernando is sometimes known for his brief inconsistency during play, especially when closing out sets and matches.
ingles finalist (5)
Real Madridfootball club.
*Verdasco's ex-girlfriends are Argentine professional tennis player
Gisela Dulkoand Spanish model and actress Dafne Fernández.
* [http://www.verdasco-online.com Fernando Verdasco's unofficial site]
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?players=Verdasco&weeks=12 Verdasco Recent Match Results]
* [http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Verdasco Verdasco World Ranking History]
* [http://www.resultsfromtennis.com/tennis-player-fernandoverdasco.html Fernando Verdasco statistics]
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