FERNANDO VERDASCO

2013 AEGON International, Fernando VERDASCO
Verdasco, FernandoVerdasco, Fernando
Birthplace:
Madrid, Spain
Residence
Madrid, Spain
Height
6’2″ (188 cm)
Weight
179 lbs (81 kg)
Plays
Left-handed
Turned Pro
2001
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Born in Madrid on 15 November 1983, Fernando Verdasco started playing tennis with his father, José, aged four.

Just a few weeks after losing the final in Acapulco in 2004, he lifted his first ATP title in Valencia, a tournament in which he didn’t drop a single set. He continued to climb the rankings in the years that followed, but it wasn’t until 2008 in Umag that he won his second title. He also helped Spain beat Argentina in the 2008 Davis Cup by two points.

He finished his best ever season, 2009, by breaking into the ATP top 10 and qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He won another Davis Cup with Spain, defeating the Czech Republic, and picked up his third ATP World Tour title in New Haven.

But perhaps his most exceptional achievement that year was reaching the semi-finals in the Australian Open, where he lost out to Rafael Nadal after a marathon match. Before being eliminated from the Mutua Madrid Open in the quarter-finals, he climbed to world no7 in the ATP rankings.

In 2010 he won his fourth title in San José. In April of that same year, he finished as runner-up in the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 as Nadal was crowned champion, but he did still managed to send Novak Djokovic home in the semi-finals.

He notched his fifth title with the 2010 Barcelona crown but dropped down the rankings to no24 in 2011, after failing to win any singles titles.

Nonetheless, he did win another 2011 Davis Cup with Spain in Seville, beating Argentina yet again.

Verdasco also won a doubles title in Stockholm in 2004, alongside his close friend Feliciano López, who he has shared plenty of success with in the Davis Cup.

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