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Fernando Verdasco Carmona (born 15 November 1983 in Madridmarker) is a professional tennis player from Spainmarker. He is currently the second-highest ranked Spanish tennis player, ranked number 8 in the world (as of November 2, 2009). Verdasco started playing tennis at four years of age and had a full-time coach when he was eight. As of 2009, Verdasco has been working in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi and his team including Darren Cahill (Agassi's former coach) and Gil Reyes (Agassi's fitness coach).

Career

Early years

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 Segoviamarker, where he reached the final after beating Belarusianmarker Vladimir Voltchkov in the semifinals. He then reached two additional Challenger semifinals in Kievmarker and in Eckentalmarker, finishing the year in the top 200, at 173.

2003

In 2003, Verdasco played his first Masters Series tournament (Miami Mastersmarker). He joined the main draw as a qualifier, and after defeating Karol Kučera and Max Mirnyi, he lost to countryman Carlos Moyà in the third round. After this good performance, he had a poor season on clay, and then he lost in the first round of Wimbledonmarker against Finn Jarkko Nieminen in five sets. Then Verdasco played in Cincinnati, where he lost to Andy Roddick in straight sets. He reached the third round at the U.S.marker Openmarker, where he lost to Thaimarker Paradorn Srichaphan after defeating countryman Tommy Robredo in the first round and Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round.

2004

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 Ferrero in the semifinal and Albert Montañés in the final. He also reached the final in Acapulcomarker, losing to Carlos Moyà, and the quarterfinals in Hallemarker and in 's-Hertogenbosch on grass. He reached the third round in two Masters Series tournaments: the Hamburg Mastersmarker and the Madrid Masters. He reached the quarterfinals in Stockholmmarker and the semifinals in Kitzbühel, and won a doubles title in Stockholm (with countryman Feliciano López), ending the year ranked 36th in the world.

2005

In 2005 he defeated Andy Roddick twice, in Miami and in Romemarker. In Rome, the match was famous for Roddick being matchpoint up 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 Petersburgmarker; and was finalist in Kitzbühel, where he lost to Argentinemarker Gastón Gaudio. But Verdasco reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Finnmarker Jarkko Nieminen after defeating Serbmarker Novak Djoković. His year-end ranking improved slightly to No. 32 in the world.

2006

Fernando reached the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating Vince Spadea and German Benjamin Becker and also upsetting 3rd seed and former runner-up David Nalbandián in straight sets in the third round. Verdasco then lost to Czechmarker Radek Štěpánek in five sets. At the U.S. Open, Fernando reached the third round, but lost to eventual runner-up Andy Roddick in five sets. In previous rounds, Fernando defeated Fabrice Santoro in four sets and Thiago Alves in three. Fernando then lost in the quarters of Palermo where he lost to Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo and 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 Henman in Madrid Masters and to Michaël Llodra in Paris Masters. Verdasco finished the year ranked 35th on the ATP rankings.

2007

In 2007, he lost to Serb Novak Đjoković in the 4th round of the French Openmarker. In the previous rounds of Roland Garros he beat Jérôme Haehnel in the 1st round, Dmitry Tursunov in the 2nd round and David Ferrer in 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 Gasquet in both Monte Carlo Mastersmarker and Rome Masters, and to Czech Tomáš Berdych in 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 Roddick after beating American Bobby Reynolds in the 1st round and Italian Andreas Seppi in the 2nd round. At the Madrid Masters Verdasco 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 Đoković and 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 Davydenko early on, in the semifinal. However, his quest to win the title ended with a 6–2, 6–3 defeat by Scotmarker Andy Murray. Still, this solid performance raised Verdasco's position in the ATP rankings to 27 the next week.

2008

Fernando entered the Australian Openmarker as the 25th seed. He won his opening match with a strong performance against Thierry Ascione 6–4,6–0,6–3. He lost his second round match in a close battle with Serbian Janko Tipsarević, who later went on to take Roger Federer to 5 sets. Fernando entered the Dubai Tennis Championshipsmarker with a possible second round opponent of either Roger Federer or 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 López clinched Spain's spot in the Davis Cup semifinals after defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner in a four hour and 45 minute marathon match, 6-7(3), 7-6(1), 6-4, 2-6, 12-10. At the Monte Carlo Masters in Monacomarker Fernando lost to Gaël Monfils in 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 Masters where he reached the third round, en-route he got the better of Carlos Moyà and 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 Masters where he beat Mikhail Youzhny in the first round 6-2, 6-3. In the second round he beat Michaël Llodra 6-2, 6-0. Verdasco then went on to record a remarkable win against compatriot David Ferrer in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-2. His run ended when he met the world number 1 Roger Federer, losing 6-3, 6-3. At the French Openmarker Verdasco was seeded No. 22 and enjoyed a good run, ending with a loss to Rafael Nadal in the last 16.

Verdasco at the US Open
On 9 June 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 Open raising his ranking to a career high of No. 18. At Wimbledon, he lost to Mario Ančić in 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 up to No. 13. His most recent ATP victory was in Umagmarker (Studena Croatian Open Umag), Croatia where he defeated Igor Andreev. Afterwards, he again improved in the rankings to 11th place. Verdasco was the 13th seed at the US Openmarker in 2008, and lost to the 23rd seed Andreev in the third round.

On November 23, Verdasco won the fourth rubber of Spain's Davis Cup final match against Argentina, defeating José Acasuso. This was enough to ensure the team of victory; Verdasco had also played in the doubles match of the previous day and won, partnering Feliciano Lopez.

2009



Verdasco started his season by reaching the final of the Brisbane Internationalmarker losing to Radek Stepanek in three sets. Partnering Mischa Zverev, he was also the runner-up in the doubles final. At the Australian Open, Verdasco avenged his Brisbane loss to Radek Stepanek, by beating him in the third round 6-4, 6-0, 6-0. In the fourth round he upset fourth seed Andy Murray in five sets. In his first appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Verdasco then lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(2), 7-6(1), 4-6 in the longest match in Australian Open history, lasting 5 hours, 14 minutes. Verdasco's semifinal run earned him the #9 rank, lifting the Spaniard into the top 10 for the first time.

After being sidelined by injury since the Australian Open, he reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, where he lost to Roger Federer 6-3, 7-6(5). At the 2009 Miami Mastersmarker, Verdasco recorded his 200th ATP match win by defeating qualifier Benjamin Becker in the second round. He would go on to reach the quarterfinals, losing to Andy Murray 6-1, 6-2 . His run at this tournament earned him a further career-high ranking of #8.

During the clay court season, Verdasco again reached quarterfinal stage, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 3-6. Following this tournament, his ranking rose further to #7. In Barcelona, he battled past Tomas Berdych 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in the third round. In the quarter-finals he fell to Fernando Gonzalez 3-6, 6-4, 4-6. At the 2009 Rome Masters, he advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3. At the 2009 Madrid Masters, Verdasco reached the quarterfinals, Verdasco again lost to Nadal for the ninth time 6-4, 7-5. Competing as the 8th seed at the 2009 French Open, Verdasco defeated fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-6(8) in the third round, converting on his ninth match-point. In the following round, he was defeated by 10th seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

On his first tournament on grass that season, Verdasco lost in the first round of the 2009 Gerry Weber Open to Philipp Petzschner. At the 2009 Ordina Open, he lost in the second round to eventual title winner Benjamin Becker, 7-5, 7-6(4). At the third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon, he matched his best result at that tournament by reaching the fourth round, where he was ousted by the big-serving Croat, Ivo Karlovic, 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(9).

Verdasco competed in the Swedish Open as the top seed, advancing to the quarterfinals where he retired against Juan Monaco. After a small break he played in the Rogers Cup and was defeated by Andy Roddick in the third round, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. He was then upset by compatriot Guillermo García-López in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters in two tiebreaks. In New Haven, Verdasco defeated Igor Andreev in two tiebreak sets in the semi-finals. Due to rain delays in the previous days, Verdasco returned later the same day for the final against Sam Querrey, winning in straight sets. He did not lose a set in the entire tournament. He was seeded 10th at the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam. In the third round, he fought past Tommy Haas 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(8), 1-6, 6-4. He then moved into his second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year by ousting John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Verdasco volley in winning match against Isner at 2009 US Open
However, his nine-match winning streak was broken by Novak Djokovic 7-6(2),1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Verdasco's first indoor tournament of the season was the 2009 Malaysian Open, where he was seeded second. He defeated Richard Gasquet for the third time in 2009. He then defeated Fernando Gonzalez in the semifinals 6-4, 7-5, before losing to Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets. At the China Open, Verdasco was seeded fifth, losing to Djokovic in the quarterfinals for the third time in that year. In Shanghai, a Masters 1000 tournament, he lost his opening match to Ivan Ljubicic6-4, 7-6(4).

He next competed at the Valencia Open 500. He then defeated Tommy Robredo, in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Verdasco's poor record against Top 10 players continued in the semifinals where he lost to top seed Andy Murray 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

He next competed at the Paris Masters as the seventh seed. After a bye in the first round, he defeated Andreas Seppi in the second round in three hard-fought sets, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4. This extended his head-to-head record over the Italian 6-0. In the third round, Verdasco lost to Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. His bid in qualifying for the ATP World Tour finals depended on the results of other players because of this loss. However, Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga failed to pass the quarterfinals, allowing Verdasco to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup for the first time in his career.

At the ATP Tour Finals, Verdasco lost to Roger Federer in his first Round Robin match, 6-4, 5-7, 1-6 and to Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(1) in his second match. He then lost his third match against Andy Murray in the round robin 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), hence ending his run at the tournament. Verdasco will finish the year at No. 9, the first time he has finished the year in the top 10.

Playing style and equipment

Verdasco is an offensive baseliner who is comfortable on all surfaces, with fast hard courts being his best. Verdasco considers his best shot to be his forehand. His serve is characteristic of a left-handed player predominantly using slice to create a lot of spin, and is capable of speeds exceeding 210 km/h. He is known for rivaling compatriot Rafael Nadal with the amount of topspin he can put on a ball. Verdasco has been known for making mistakes during important moments in matches and sometimes losing concentration. He has been showing improvement in this area which has explained his improved results in 2009, but still struggles with his nerves when facing the best players in the world. He is endorsed by adidas (he wears the Edge Group clothing and Barricade V shoes) and Tecnifibre for racquets.

Personal life

Verdasco began playing tennis when he was four years old, practicing with his father on the two hard courts in the backyard of their family home. His parents, José and Olga, own a restaurant in Madrid. He has two younger sisters, Sara and Ana.

Verdasco's ex-girlfriends include Argentine professional tennis player Gisela Dulko, Spanish model and actress Dafne Fernández, Spanish model Priscila De Gustin, and Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanović.

Career finals

Singles: 9 (3-6)

Wins (3)
Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /

ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /

>ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /

ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /

ATP World Tour 250 Series (3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Clay (2)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)


No Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 12 April 2004 Valencia, Spainmarker Clay Albert Montañés 7–6(5), 6–3
2. 20 July 2008 Umag, Croatiamarker Clay Igor Andreev 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)
3. 29 August 2009 New Haven, United Statesmarker Hard Sam Querrey 6–4, 7–6(6)


Runner-ups (6)
No Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 7 March 2004 Acapulcomarker, Mexicomarker Clay Carlos Moya 3–6, 0–6
2. 30 July 2005 Kitzbühel, Austriamarker Clay Gaston Gaudio 6–2, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
3. 27 October 2007 St. Petersburg, Russiamarker Hard (i) Andy Murray 2–6, 3–6
4. 22 June 2008 Nottingham, United Kingdommarker Grass Ivo Karlovic 5–7, 7–6(4), 6–7(8)
5. 5 January 2009 Brisbanemarker, Australia Hard Radek Stepanek 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
6 4 October 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiamarker Hard (i) Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 5–7


Doubles: 3 (1-2)

Win (1)
No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 1 November 2004 Stockholm, Swedenmarker Hard (i) Feliciano Lopez Wayne Arthurs

Paul Hanley
6–4, 6–4


Runner-ups (2)
No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 22 July 2007 Stuttgart, Germanymarker Clay Guillermo Garcia Frantisek Cermak
Leos Friedl
4–6, 4–6
2. 10 January 2009 Brisbane, Australia Hard Mischa Zverev Marc Gicquel
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
4–6, 3–6


Singles Performance timeline

NMS means an event that was not an ATP Masters Series tournament.
NM1 means an event that was not an ATP Masters 1000 tournament.


To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2009 U.S. Open.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Openmarker A A LQ 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R SF 9–6
French Openmarker A A LQ 2R 1R 2R 4R 4R 4R 11–6
Wimbledonmarker A A 1R 2R 2R 4R 3R 4R 4R 13–7
U.S.marker Openmarker A A 3R 2R 4R 3R 3R 3R QF 16–7
Grand Slam W–L 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–4 5–4 7–4 8–4 9–4 15–4 49–26
Year-end championships
ATP World Tour Finals
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
RR
0–3
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Mastersmarker A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 7–6
Miami Mastersmarker A A 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R QF 8–7
Monte Carlo Mastersmarker A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 2–5
Rome Mastersmarker A A LQ A QF 2R 1R 3R QF 8–5
Madrid Masters A LQ 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R QF 6–7
Canada Masters A A 1R A A 3R 3R 2R 3R 7–5
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 3–6
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series 2R 0–1
Paris Masters A A LQ 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 3R 3–6
Hamburg Mastersmarker A A A 3R 1R QF 1R QF NM1 8–5
Statistics
ATP Tournaments Played
0
2
12
26
28
26
28
30
17
168
ATP Finals Reached
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
2
3
9
ATP Tournaments Won 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
Overall Win–Loss
0–0
1–2
7–12
31–25
35–28
32–26
34–28
47–27
46–18
233–166
Win (%) N/A
33%
37%
55%
55%
55%
55%
63%
72%
58%
Year-End Ranking 464 173 109 36 33 31 26 16 9 N/A


  • Davis Cup and World Team Cup matches are included in the statistics. Walkovers are neither official wins nor official losses.


ATP Tour career earnings

Year Majors ATP wins Total wins Earnings ($) Money list rank
2002 0 0 0 33,195 303
2003 0 0 0 142,162 134
2004 0 1 1 505,535 42
2005 0 0 0 568,607 36
2006 0 0 0 535,937 34
2007 0 0 0 631,695 33
2008 0 1 1 977,961 15
2009* 0 1 1 1,449,174 10
Career* 0 3 3 4,851,724 92


References

  1. "Spains Fernando Verdasco's Rise To Success"," www.SocialMiami.com, April 10th, 2009
  2. "A contest for the ages," Eleanor Preston, January 30, 2009
  3. "Murray picks apart Verdasco", Eurosport.com, April 3rd, 2009
  4. http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=54050 ASAP Sports - Tennis - 2009 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN - January 28 - Fernando Verdasco
  5. http://www.verdasco-online.com/Profile/profile.htm .:: Verdasco Online ::. - Profile
  6. http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=54037 ASAP Sports - Tennis - 2009 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN - January 30 - Rafael Nadal
  7. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/176701-verdasco-gets-a-lesson-on-how-to-win-by-nadal Fernando Verdasco Gets a Lesson on How to Win by Rafael Nadal - May 16th, 2009
  8. http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=54048 ASAP Sports - Tennis - 2009 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN - January 28 - Rafael Nadal
  9. ATP - Fernando Verdasco


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