Fernando Verdasco
Tennis player
Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco Carmona is a professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 7, achieved in April 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).
Biography
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Tennis-Nadal ready to take one more step back to top
Yahoo News - 30 days
Rafa Nadal's path to his Australian Open semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov on Friday has taught the 30-year-old Spaniard one thing -- he's still got it. After being bundled out in the first round by compatriot Fernando Verdasco last year, Nadal has reached his fifth semi-final at Melbourne Park in a remarkable turnaround for the 14-times grand slam winner. A barren 2016 saw him fail to reach at least one grand slam final for the first time since 2004 and while he won Olympic doubles gold at the Rio Games a troubling wrist injury forced him to call time on his season in early October.
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Tennis-Djokovic aware of Verdasco threat as bid for seventh title begins
Yahoo News - about 1 month
World number two Novak Djokovic needs no reminder of the threat posed by Spain's Fernando Verdasco as he begins his quest for a seventh Australian Open title on Tuesday. Djokovic saved five match points against Verdasco in the semi-finals in Doha this month before prevailing and going on to win the title by defeating arch rival Andy Murray in the final. The impressive nature of the 29-year-old's victory over Murray quickly put a lid on talk of a Djokovic decline but he will be wary of four losses to Verdasco.
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Tennis - Murray, Djokovic set up dream Qatar final
Yahoo News - about 2 months
- Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic won through to the Qatar Open final, setting up a hugely-anticipated early season clash between the two best players in the world. Djokovic only got through after saving five match points against world number 42 Fernando Verdasco, to win a thrilling match 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3. Murray swept aside Tomas Berdych in far more straightforward fashion 6-3, 6-3 to secure a 28th consecutive victory, a record which stretches back to September last year.
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Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday, Aug 31
Yahoo News - 6 months
Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday (times GMT): TENNIS U.S. Open, Flushing Meadows, New York (to Sept. 11) Wawrinka gains revenge against Verdasco NEW YORK - Twice grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka dealt Fernando Verdasco a rare first-round loss at the U.S. Open, sweeping aside the Spaniard in straight sets. ...
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Wawrinka wins revenge against Verdasco
Yahoo News - 6 months
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two-times grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka dealt Fernando Verdasco a rare first-round loss at the U.S. Open, sweeping aside the Spaniard in straight sets on Tuesday. The third-seeded Swiss dominated the left-handed Verdasco with his punishing groundstrokes and solid service game to claim a measure of revenge with a 7-6(4) 6-4 6-4 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Verdasco, ranked 46th, had won 12 of his 13 previous first-round matches at Flushing Meadows.
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Verdasco Saves 5 Break Points to Beat Laaksonen in Bastad
NYTimes - 8 months
Former finalist Fernando Verdasco saved all five break points he faced in beating Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday.
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Tennis - Wawrinka crashes out at Queen's
Yahoo News - 9 months
- Stan Wawrinka suffered more misery on grass despite the addition of new coach Richard Krajicek as the Swiss second seed crashed to a 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) first round defeat against Fernando Verdasco at Queen's Club on Tuesday. Despite being ranked fifth in the world and having won two Grand Slam titles, Wawrinka has never triumphed at a grass-court tournament. His best effort in the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's was a semi-final appearance in 2014 and he won't be improving on that this year after a lacklustre exit to world number 53 Verdasco.
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Rain Postpones Nastase Tiriac Trophy Final Till Monday
NYTimes - 10 months
The Nastase Tiriac Trophy final between unseeded Lucas Pouille and Fernando Verdasco scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of rain.
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Verdasco Advances at US Men's Clay Court Championships
NYTimes - 11 months
Former champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain became the last player to advance to the second round of the U.S. men's clay court championships Tuesday night with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
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Tennis - Nadal gets wildcard invite to defend Buenos Aires title
Yahoo News - about 1 year
- Rafael Nadal has had his request for a wildcard invitation to next week's Argentina Open accepted as the Spaniard rejigs his schedule after his shock Australian Open exit. The world number five lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for just the second time in his career to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne. After his unexpectedly early departure the 29-year-old travelled to Mallorca to start training for what could be a make or break year on clay, starting now with the defence of his title in Buenos Aires.
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Tennis-Nadal's conqueror Verdasco falls to Israel's Sela
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Israel's world number 87 Dudi Sela succeeded where Rafa Nadal failed when he subdued Spain's Fernando Verdasco to reach the Australian Open third round on Thursday. Verdasco, who stunned the 14-times grand slam champion in a five-set epic, won the opening set against the Israeli but faded to lose 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6(4). The Spaniard looked fatigued from his exploits against Nadal while the diminutive Sela, cheered on by a flag-waving contingent of fans, struggled with nerves near the end.
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On Tennis: First-Round Defeat Raises More Questions for Rafael Nadal
NYTimes - about 1 year
Nadal, who lost to Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open, has not gone past the quarterfinals in any Grand Slam event since winning the French Open in 2014.
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Sublime Verdasco sends Nadal to early Melbourne exit
Reuters.com - about 1 year
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fernando Verdasco sent shockwaves through the Australian Open on Tuesday by defeating Rafa Nadal 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 to send the former world number one crashing out in the opening round.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fernando Verdasco
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 31
    Verdasco then participated in the 2015 AAMI Classic exhibition tournament where he defeated Gilles Simon in straight sets.
    More Details Hide Details He then won the title for the second time by defeating Aleksandr Dolgopolov, Jr. in the final after Dolgopolov retired citing a knee injury. At the Australian Open, Verdasco defeated James Ward and Go Soeda and then lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets despite serving for the first set during the tiebreaker. At the Dubai Championships, he reached the second round to face the eventual champion Roger Federer and while he was a break above Federer in the first set, he lost twenty successive points and soon lost the match in straight sets. He defeated Rafael Nadal in Miami for only his second win against Nadal, but second in succession. At the French Open, he beat Taro Daniel in the first round, before losing in the second round, to Benjamin Becker in 5 sets. Verdasco then competed at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club. He beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round, before losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Verdasco won his first two matches in five sets against Dudi Sela and Dominic Thiem but lost in the third round to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. He then faced Nadal again in the first round of the Hamburg Open but was unable to record a third successive win against him and lost the match in three sets. At the US Open, he lost in the second round to Milos Raonic 6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(1).
    Verdasco began the year at the 2015 Qatar ExxonMobil Open defeating Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round before losing to eventual champion David Ferrer in straight sets.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    He again reached the fourth round of the 2014 French Open by defeating Richard Gasquet in straight sets, after which he lost to Andy Murray.
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    Verdasco lost to Almargro in quarter-finals of the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
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    The Spaniard won his sixth career title at the 2014 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships by beating Nicolas Almagro in straight sets.
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    At the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, Verdasco defeated eight-seeded Richard Gasquet to reach quarter-finals, where he lost to John Isner.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In November 2013, Verdasco along with doubles partner David Marrero, beat the Bryan brothers to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
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    Verdasco reached his first final of the year at the Swedish Open where he was defeated by Carlos Berlocq. The following week Verdasco reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 International German Open, where he was ousted in three tight sets by Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis.
    More Details Hide Details Vedasco was beaten in the first round of the US Open by Ivan Dodig of Croatia, in 5 sets.
    He reached the third round of the 2013 Australian Open, falling to Kevin Anderson, and of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, succumbing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
    More Details Hide Details Unseeded at the French Open, he lost in the second round to Janko Tipsarević in five sets. Also unseeded at Wimbledon, Verdasco progressed to the quarter-finals where he met tournament favourite Andy Murray. Verdasco exceeded expectations by winning the first two sets, and had multiple break points against Murray's serve in the third and fourth sets, but Verdasco eventually lost the match in five sets. Murray eventually went on to capture the championship.
    In 2013, he was healthy again and achieved significantly better results.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    Verdasco was playing with significant pain in 2012, starting before the US Open.
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    At the 2012 US Open, he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco reached the quarterfinals in Bangkok, losing to Janko Tipsarević in straight sets.
    He then reached the third round of the 2012 French Open, but was defeated in five sets by Andreas Seppi, who had earlier defeated Nikolay Davydenko in the first round and went on to take Novak Djokovic to five sets in the very next round.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco then played in Prostějov and lost in the first round. He was defeated by no. 1166 Marek Semjan from Slovakia in three sets. At Wimbledon, he reached the third round, losing to Xavier Malisse in five sets. Verdasco was ousted by Marcel Granollers of Spain in the semifinals of the Croatia Open.
    Verdasco lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open to Australian Bernard Tomic in five sets.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco then traveled to Brazil, where he reached the quarterfinals, only to be defeated by compatriot Albert Ramos. He reached the final in Acapulco, but was defeated again by David Ferrer. In Barcelona, he was defeated in the semifinals by eventual champion Rafael Nadal. At the Masters 1000 event in Madrid, Verdasco defeated Nadal in three sets after Nadal served for the match at 5-2 in the decider. This was Nadal's only defeat on clay that season. Verdasco lost to eventual runner-up Tomáš Berdych in the quarter-finals.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    Beginning his grass season at the 2011 Aegon Championships as the 7th seed, he defeated Nicolas Mahut and David Nalbandian in straight sets before losing to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.
    More Details Hide Details At Wimbledon, as the 21st seed, he defeated Radek Štěpánek in the first round in a long five set match, before succumbing to Dutchman Robin Haase in the second round. Verdasco started the year with a first-time participation at the Hopman Cup partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues representing Spain. He reached the quarterfinals in Auckland, where he lost to David Ferrer in straight sets.
    Seeded 9th at the 2011 Australian Open, Verdasco lost in the fourth round to sixth seed Tomáš Berdych, saying after the match he had a long-time injury in his foot.
    More Details Hide Details He had MRI scans on his foot and is confirmed that he had a fractured foot (where a broken bone was detected). He has claimed he has sustained this since late 2009. His next tournament was the SAP Open in San Jose, California where was defending champion and top seed. He advanced to the final without losing a set against Rajeev Ram, Ivo Karlović, Denis Istomin and Juan Martín del Potro. His opponent in the final was young Canadian first-time finalist Milos Raonic. Verdasco held four set points in a first-set tiebreak but lost the next six points and the set. He eventually lost the match. Verdasco faced off against Raonic in the first round of Memphis. For the second time in two weeks, he lost to Raonic, this time in a third set tiebreak. He then travelled to Mexico, where he was seeded second. Again, he lost in the first round, this time to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.
    Verdasco started the year losing in the first round of the Brisbane International to Benjamin Becker. He then failed to defend his title at the exhibition tournament, the 2011 Kooyong Classic, losing to Gaël Monfils in the first round.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    In the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, he lost to Gaël Monfils in three sets despite holding two match points at 5–4 in the decider.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco finished the year with the same ranking he ended with in 2009, which was No. 9.
    He then traveled to China for the 2010 China Open in Beijing, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany there, and to Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands at the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters.
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    He next played at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open, losing to Benjamin Becker in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.
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    At the 2010 US Open, Verdasco came back from two sets down in the round of 16 to defeat compatriot David Ferrer in five sets.
    More Details Hide Details However he lost to top seed and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the next round, increasing Nadal's lead over the career head-to-head 11–0.
    Verdasco was the seventh seed at the 2010 French Open where, in the fourth round, he lost to Nicolás Almagro.
    More Details Hide Details In an upset, Verdasco then lost in the opening round of Wimbledon to Fabio Fognini. After losing in the quarterfinals in Båstad, Verdasco then travelled to the U.S.A to begin his preparations for the US Open. At the Legg Mason Classic in Washington, Verdasco lost to Marcos Bagdatis in the second round.
    In the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where he played in his second semi-final appearance at the Masters 1000 level, he faced David Ferrer and lost.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco's next tournament was the Madrid Open, where he was seeded sixth. After receiving a bye in the first round, he defeated Ivo Karlović before falling to Jürgen Melzer. Then, a week before the French Open, he reached his fourth final of the year at Nice by beating Leonardo Mayer in the semifinals. He then lost to Richard Gasquet in the final. During the third set, he was captured by a microphone yelling profanities about the crowd and was seen to sarcastically wave at them, after which the crowd booed him. He apologised after the match and before the French Open to everyone and stated that two fans had agitated him.
    The following week, Verdasco played at the 2010 Barcelona Open as the fifth seed, where he defeated Robin Söderling to win his fifth career singles title.
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    At the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, as the sixth seed, he defeated the number 1 seed Novak Djokovic to reach his first ever Masters 1000 final, to meet five-time defending champion Rafael Nadal.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first all-Spanish final of a Masters 1000 event since Monte Carlo in 2002. However, he was defeated by Rafael Nadal. Despite the lopsided final, Verdasco had done enough to ensure a return to the Top 10, at number nine.
    At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, after receiving an opening round bye, he lost to Berdych in the quarterfinals.
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    Seeded 10th (and as a result, receiving a bye into the second round) at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where, in the third round, he lost to Tomáš Berdych.
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    He arrived late at the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, and as a result, he was ousted in the opening round by Jérémy Chardy.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco's next tournament was the Acapulco where he lost to Juan Mónaco in the quarter-finals.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    At the Australian Open, Verdasco defeated world No. 5, 2009 champion and compatriot Rafael Nadal in the first round in five sets, thus marking just his third win against Nadal in his career; additionally, he became just the second player to beat Nadal in the first round of a Grand Slam.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently lost his second round match to Dudi Sela in four sets. Verdasco is an offensive baseliner who is comfortable on all surfaces, with fast hard courts being his best. Verdasco is good at backhand but considers his best shot to be his forehand, a shot that commentator Brad Gilbert often refers to as his "Fearhand". His serve is characteristic of a left-handed player predominantly using slice to create a lot of spin, and is capable of speeds exceeding 230 km/h. Verdasco is known for rivaling compatriot Rafael Nadal with the amount of topspin he can put on a ball. which partly explains his improved results since 2009, but still struggles with his nerves when facing the best players in the world. He is endorsed by Adidas (he wears the Adizero group and the Adizero Feather II) and is currently using the Head series for racquets, after having played with Tecnifibre for the majority of his career (with Yonex for a very short time in 2010), Dunlop from 2011 to 2013 and the Babolat Aeropro series in 2014. He is currently using the Head Graphene XT Prestige REV Pro.
    To close 2009, Verdasco partnered Feliciano López in the 2009 Davis Cup Final doubles match against the Czech Republic.
    More Details Hide Details Playing against Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych, Verdasco and Lopez saved a set point to win the first set, and eventually the match. This victory retained the Davis Cup for Spain, and was a fitting end to Verdasco's most successful season on the tour so far. Verdasco started his 2010 season at the exhibition tournament AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open. He beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. His first official tournament for the year was in the Australian Open. As the 9th seed, he lost in the fourth round against Nikolay Davydenko in a five set match. His next tournament was the SAP Open in San Jose, California. Before his first round match, he won an exhibition match against Pete Sampras in straight sets. In the tournament final, he defeated Andy Roddick to capture his fourth ATP singles title. This was his first win over a Top 10 ranked player since the 2009 Australian Open.
    Verdasco finished 2009 with a 52–25 record in singles, his best record to date, and finished the year at No. 9, the first time he has finished the year in the top 10.
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    Verdasco's first indoor tournament of the season was the 2009 Malaysian Open, where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in the final.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Ljubičić. He next competed at the Valencia Open 500. He advanced to the semifinals where he lost to top seed Andy Murray. He next competed at the Paris Masters as the seventh seed. In the third round, Verdasco lost to Marin Čilić. His bid in qualifying for the ATP World Tour finals depended on the results of other players because of this loss. However, Robin Söderling 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 and to Juan Martín del Potro in his second match. He then lost his third match against Andy Murray in the round robin hence ending his run at the tournament.
    At the 2009 Ordina Open, he lost in the second round to eventual title winner Benjamin Becker.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Karlović. Verdasco competed in the Swedish Open as the top seed, advancing to the quarterfinals where he retired against Juan Mónaco. After a small break he played in the Rogers Cup and was defeated by Andy Roddick in the third round. 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, losing in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic.
    On his first tournament on grass that season, Verdasco lost in the first round of the 2009 Gerry Weber Open to Philipp Petzschner.
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    Competing as the 8th seed at the 2009 French Open, Verdasco lost in the fourth round to 10th seed Nikolay Davydenko.
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    At the 2009 Madrid Masters, Verdasco reached the quarterfinals, Verdasco again lost to Nadal for the ninth time.
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    At the 2009 Rome Masters, he advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
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    After being sidelined by injury since the Australian Open, he reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, where he lost to Roger Federer. At the 2009 Miami Masters, Verdasco recorded his 200th ATP match win by defeating qualifier Benjamin Becker in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details He would go on to reach the quarterfinals, losing to Andy Murray. His run at this tournament earned him a further career-high ranking of No. 8. During the clay court season, Verdasco again reached quarterfinal stage, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. Following this tournament, his ranking rose further to No. 7. In Barcelona, he lost in the quarter-finals to Fernando González.
    Verdasco started his season by reaching the final of the Brisbane International losing to Radek Štěpánek in three sets. Partnering Mischa Zverev, he was also the runner-up in the doubles final. At the 2009 Australian Open Verdasco defeated Andy Murray in the fourth round to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco then lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in what was at the time the longest match in Australian Open history, lasting 5 hours, 14 minutes. Verdasco's semi-final run earned him No. 9 ranking, lifting the Spaniard into the top 10 for the first time.
    His best performance in a Grand Slam was making the semifinals of the 2009 Australian Open, where he lost to compatriot and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in five sets.
    More Details Hide Details The match itself has been considered one of the greatest Grand Slam semifinals of all time. Verdasco has also reached the quarterfinals twice at the US Open, in 2009 and 2010, losing to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively, the latter of whom went on to win the title, and once at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, where he led eventual champion Andy Murray by two sets to love before being defeated in five sets.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    Verdasco was the 13th seed at the US Open in 2008, and lost to the 23rd seed Andreev in the third round.
    More Details Hide Details On 23 November, 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 López.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    In 2007, Verdasco lost in the first round in the three Masters Series tournaments on clay.
    More Details Hide Details He lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in both Monte Carlo Masters and Rome Masters, and to Czech Tomáš Berdych in the Hamburg Masters. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the French Open. In the previous rounds, he beat Jérôme Haehnel in the first round, Dmitry Tursunov in the second round, and David Ferrer in the third round. In the grass season, he lost in the first round in Queen's, and he reached the third round at Wimbledon, where he lost to third seed Andy Roddick after beating Bobby Reynolds in the first round and Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round. At the Madrid Masters, Verdasco cruised through to the second round with a win over Albert Montañés, beating him in straight sets. However, in the second round he faced third seed Novak Đoković and after winning the first set, the Serb player won the next two. 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 defeat by Scot Andy Murray. Still, this solid performance raised Verdasco's position in the ATP rankings to 27 the next week.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    In 2005, he defeated Andy Roddick twice, in Miami and in Rome.
    More Details Hide Details 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 was not out and the match went on, with Verdasco winning. He also reached the quarterfinals in Valencia (where he was defending the title), Rome, and New Haven; the semifinals of Saint Petersburg; and was finalist in Kitzbühel, where he lost to Argentine Gastón Gaudio. Verdasco reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Jarkko Nieminen, after defeating Novak Djokovic. His year-end ranking improved slightly to no. 32 in the world. Fernando reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, after beating Vince Spadea and German Benjamin Becker, and also upsetting third seed and former runner-up David Nalbandian in straight sets in the third round. Verdasco then lost to Czech Radek Štěpánek in five sets. At the US 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 quarterfinals of Palermo to Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, and then he lost to Ramírez Hidalgo again the following week in the first round at Metz. Verdasco did not win a match 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 the Madrid Masters and to Michaël Llodra in the Paris Masters.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 19
    After finishing 2003 as No. 109 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.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinals and Albert Montañés in the final. He also reached the final in Acapulco, losing to Carlos Moyà, and the quarterfinals in Halle and in 's-Hertogenbosch on grass. He reached the third round in two Masters Series tournaments: the Hamburg Masters and the Madrid Masters. He reached the quarterfinals in Stockholm and the semifinals in Kitzbühel, and won a doubles title in Stockholm (with countryman Feliciano López), ending the year ranked no. 36 in the world.
    In 2003, Verdasco played his first Masters Series tournament (Miami Masters).
    More Details Hide Details 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 at Wimbledon against Finn Jarkko Nieminen in five sets in which he changed tennis racquets to the new Wilson Prestige and took new natural products for increased speed on the court. Then Verdasco played in Cincinnati, where he lost to Andy Roddick in straight sets. He reached the third round at the US Open, where he lost to Thai Paradorn Srichaphan, after defeating countryman Tommy Robredo in the first round and Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    He then reached two additional Challenger semifinals in Kiev and in Eckental, finishing the year in the top 200 at no. 173. 2002 also finished strongly off the court, as Fernando finished runner-up in a closely contested Best Abs in Castilla La Mancha contest.
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    He turned professional in 2002, finishing as world No. 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.
    More Details Hide Details He played his pond career challenger in Segovia, where he reached the final after beating Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov in the semifinals.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on November 15, 1983.
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