125 Facts About Verdasco


Fernando Verdasco Carmona is a Spanish professional tennis player.

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Verdasco has 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.

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Verdasco earned his 500th win at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open becoming the 45th man in ATP World Tour history with 500 wins.

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Verdasco is currently No 6 on the list of active players with over 500 wins.

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Verdasco has the third-most losses in singles history, behind Feliciano Lopez and Fabrice Santoro.

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Verdasco aided Spain in winning three Davis Cup titles, winning the deciding match in both 2008 and 2009, he was part of the winning team in 2011 as well.

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Verdasco started playing tennis at four years of age and had a full-time coach when he was eight.

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Verdasco worked in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi and his team, including Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes.

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Verdasco turned professional in 2001, finishing as world No 464.

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Verdasco played his pond career challenger in Segovia, where he reached the final after beating Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov in the semifinals.

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Verdasco joined the main draw as a qualifier, and after defeating Karol Kucera and Max Mirnyi, he lost to countryman Carlos Moya in the third round.

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Verdasco 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.

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Verdasco defeated defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinals and Albert Montanes in the final.

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Verdasco reached the final in Acapulco, losing to Carlos Moya, and the quarterfinals in Halle and in 's-Hertogenbosch on grass.

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Verdasco reached the third round in two Masters Series tournaments: the Hamburg Masters and the Madrid Masters.

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Verdasco reached the quarterfinals in Valencia, Rome, and New Haven; the semifinals of Saint Petersburg; and was finalist in Kitzbuhel, where he lost to Argentine Gaston Gaudio.

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Verdasco reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at the US Open, where he lost to Jarkko Nieminen, after defeating Novak Djokovic.

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Verdasco 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 Michael Llodra in the Paris Masters.

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In 2007, Verdasco lost in the first round in the three Masters Series tournaments on clay.

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Verdasco lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in both Monte-Carlo Masters and Rome Masters, and to Czech Tomas Berdych in the Hamburg Masters.

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Verdasco lost to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the French Open.

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At the Madrid Masters, Verdasco cruised through to the second round with a win over Albert Montanes, beating him in straight sets.

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At the St Petersburg Open, Verdasco played some brilliant tennis to reach the final without losing a single set.

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Verdasco won his opening match with a strong performance against Thierry Ascione.

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Verdasco lost his second-round match in a close battle with Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who later went on to take Roger Federer to 5 sets.

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Verdasco's form improved dramatically for the Rome Masters where he reached the third round, en route he got the better of Carlos Moya and Nicolas Lapentti before losing in a thriller to James Blake.

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Verdasco then went on to record a remarkable win against compatriot David Ferrer in straight sets.

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Verdasco's run ended when he met world number 1, Roger Federer, losing.

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At the French Open Verdasco was seeded No 22 and enjoyed a good run, ending with a loss to Rafael Nadal in the last 16.

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Verdasco reached the final of the Nottingham Open raising his ranking to a career-high of No 18.

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Verdasco was the 13th seed at the US Open in 2008, and lost to the 23rd seed Andreev in the third round.

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Verdasco started his season by reaching the final of the Brisbane International losing to Radek Stepanek in three sets.

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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.

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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.

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Verdasco's semi-final run earned him No 9 ranking, lifting the Spaniard into the top 10 for the first time.

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At the 2009 Miami Masters, Verdasco recorded his 200th ATP match win by defeating qualifier Benjamin Becker in the second round.

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Verdasco would go on to reach the quarterfinals, losing to Andy Murray.

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Verdasco's run at this tournament earned him a further career-high ranking of No 8.

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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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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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Verdasco competed in the Swedish Open as the top seed, advancing to the quarterfinals where he retired against Juan Monaco.

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Verdasco was then upset by compatriot Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters in two tiebreaks.

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In New Haven, Verdasco defeated Igor Andreev in two tiebreak sets in the semifinals.

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Verdasco was seeded 10th at the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam, losing in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic.

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At the China Open, Verdasco was seeded fifth, losing to Djokovic in the quarterfinals for the third time in that year.

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Verdasco next competed at the Paris Masters as the seventh seed.

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At the ATP Tour Finals, Verdasco lost to Roger Federer in his first Round Robin match and to Juan Martin del Potro in his second match.

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Verdasco then lost his third match against Andy Murray in the round-robin hence ending his run at the tournament.

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Verdasco started his 2010 season at the exhibition tournament AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open.

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Verdasco arrived late at the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, and as a result, he was ousted in the opening round by Jeremy Chardy.

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Verdasco apologized after the match and before the French Open to everyone and stated that two fans had agitated him.

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Verdasco was the seventh seed at the 2010 French Open where, in the fourth round, he lost to Nicolas Almagro.

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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.

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Verdasco 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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Verdasco 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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Verdasco finished the year with the same ranking he ended with in 2009, which was No 9.

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Verdasco started the year losing in the first round of the Brisbane International to Benjamin Becker.

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Verdasco then failed to defend his title at the exhibition tournament, the 2011 Kooyong Classic, losing to Gael Monfils in the first round.

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Verdasco had MRI scans on his foot and is confirmed that he had a fractured foot.

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Verdasco held four set points in a first-set tiebreak but lost the next six points and the set.

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Verdasco faced off against Raonic in the first round of Memphis.

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Verdasco then travelled to Mexico, where he was seeded second.

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At Indian Wells, Verdasco snapped his losing streak in ATP tour events when his second round opponent Ricardas Berankis had to retire after Verdasco was leading.

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At the Estoril Open Verdasco reached his fifteenth singles final, defeating Frederico Gil, Kevin Anderson and was aided by the retirement of Milos Raonic in the semifinals.

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Verdasco reached the third round of the French Open as the 16 seed where he lost to Ivan Ljubicic.

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Verdasco reached his sixteenth singles final at the 2011 Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad where he lost to compatriot Marcel Granollers.

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Verdasco started the year with a first-time participation at the Hopman Cup partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues representing Spain.

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Verdasco reached the quarterfinals in Auckland, where he lost to David Ferrer in straight sets.

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Verdasco lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open to Australian Bernard Tomic in five sets.

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Verdasco then traveled to Brazil, where he reached the quarterfinals, only to be defeated by compatriot Albert Ramos.

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Verdasco reached the final in Acapulco, but was defeated again by David Ferrer.

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Verdasco lost to eventual runner-up Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

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Verdasco 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.

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Verdasco then played in Prostejov and lost in the first round.

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Verdasco was ousted by Marcel Granollers of Spain in the semifinals of the Croatia Open.

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Verdasco reached the quarterfinals in Bangkok, losing to Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets.

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Verdasco was playing with significant pain in 2012, starting before the US Open.

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Verdasco 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.

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Also unseeded at Wimbledon, Verdasco progressed to the quarterfinals where he met tournament favourite Andy Murray.

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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.

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Verdasco reached his first final of the year at the Swedish Open where he was defeated by Carlos Berlocq.

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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.

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At the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, Verdasco defeated eight-seeded Richard Gasquet to reach quarterfinals, where he lost to John Isner.

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Verdasco lost to Almargro in quarterfinals of the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

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Verdasco 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 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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Verdasco then participated in the 2015 AAMI Classic exhibition tournament where he defeated Gilles Simon in straight sets.

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Verdasco then won the title for the second time by defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final after Dolgopolov retired citing a knee injury.

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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.

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Verdasco defeated Rafael Nadal in Miami for only his second win against Nadal, but second in succession.

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Verdasco then competed at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

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Verdasco beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round, before losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in straight sets.

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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.

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Verdasco 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.

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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.

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Verdasco subsequently lost his second round match to Dudi Sela in four sets.

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In singles, Verdasco began the year in 42nd place, played in 25 tournaments, won 29 matches and lost 25.

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Verdasco reached 1 final in Dubai, an ATP 500 event, where he lost to first seeded Andy Murray in straight sets.

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At Bastad, Verdasco avenged his last year loss in the final to Albert Ramos Vinolas, by defeating him in the quarterfinal; this was his 4th semifinals in 5 years, but lost to the eventual champion David Ferrer in the semis.

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Verdasco reached 4 quarterfinals in 2017: Paris Masters ATP 1000 event, and in Houston, Budapest, and Antalya.

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In doubles, partnering Nicolas Almagro, Verdasco reached the semifinal of Qatar ExxonMobil after defeating second seeded M Pavic–A.

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At the 2017 French Open Men's Doubles, and for the first time in his Grand Slam doubles career, Verdasco reached the semifinal stage where they lost to Gonzalez–Young in three sets.

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In 2018, seeded 8th Verdasco reached the final of the 2018 Rio Open where he was defeated by 6th seed Diego Schwartzman but he won the doubles final with his fellow Spaniard David Marrero entering the draw as lucky losers.

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Verdasco reached his 500th career win at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open making him the sixth Spaniard to join the elite club, and the ninth active player to achieve the milestone.

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Verdasco reached the fourth round of the 2018 French Open for the seventh time in his career where he lost to Novak Djokovic and the same round at the 2019 Wimbledon for the fifth time in his career where he lost to David Goffin.

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Verdasco competed in his 67th consecutive Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open.

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Verdasco made 5th place on the list of Grand Slam appearances overall.

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Verdasco recorded his 550th win and became only the fifth active player on the list.

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Verdasco struggled with form the rest of the season as he was recovering from a nine-month leg injury and due to a difficult time post COVID break as he tested positive before the 2020 French Open.

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Verdasco did not win another ATP-level match and dropped out of the top 150 at year-end finishing 2021 at World No 154.

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Verdasco went one step further with a win over Thiago Monteiro to reach the quarterfinals.

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Verdasco reached his second quarterfinal of 2022 at the 2022 Estoril Open as a lucky loser where he replaced second seed Diego Schwartzman who had a first round bye.

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Verdasco reached the main draw of the 2022 US Open as a lucky loser, recording his 71st participation in a Major.

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Verdasco is an offensive baseliner who is comfortable on all surfaces, with fast hard courts being his best.

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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".

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Verdasco is known for rivaling compatriot Rafael Nadal with the amount of topspin he can put on a ball.

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Verdasco is endorsed by Adidas and is currently using the Head series for racquets, after having played with Tecnifibre for the majority of his career, Dunlop from 2011 to 2013 and the Babolat Aeropro series in 2014.

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Verdasco is currently using the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro.

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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.

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Verdasco stopped school at the age of 11, and his father took over his son's academic training.

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Verdasco was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child, but did not receive treatment in order not to have problems with doping.

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Verdasco has often spoken of his love for the English rock band Oasis and once proposed that he would play a tennis match wearing headphones listening to their 1994 album, Definitely Maybe.

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Verdasco is known to use mindfulness techniques during his tennis matches, often visualizing soothing and romantic scenes to help dampen the stress of professional tennis.

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Verdasco was named after the ABBA song Fernando, as his mother was a fan of the Swedish band.

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Verdasco tested positive for COVID-19 in August 2020, and again the following month.

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