Fernando Verdasco, a left-hander with a monster forehand, enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009 at age 25. Having never before advanced past the second round of the Australian Open or the fourth round of any major, Verdasco defeated Andy Murray in the fourth round en route to the semifinals in Melbourne, where he lost to his compatriot and fellow southpaw Rafael Nadal in the longest match in Australian Open history. The five-hour, 14-minute semifinal lasted until 1:08 a.m. and saw Nadal edge Verdasco, 193-192, in total points won. Following that performance, Verdasco cracked the Top 10 for the first time, earning a ranking of No. 9 on February 2, 2009. He rose as high as No. 7 before finishing the year ranked No. 8 and qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time (he failed to advance out of round-robin play). Also in 2009, Verdasco made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, his career best showing at that event. His victory in New Haven in 2009 gave him his third career ATP title. In the 2008 Davis Cup Final, Verdasco clinched Spain’s victory over Argentina with a five-set victory over Jose Acasuso. Verdasco credits his 2009 breakthrough to his off-season conditioning work in Nevada under trainer Gil Reyes, whose most notable former client is Andre Agassi. In 2010, Verdasco defeated Andy Roddick in the San Jose final and topped Robin Soderling in the Barcelona final in posting a 5-3 record against top 10 opponents as he finished in the year-end Top 10 for the second straight season. Verdasco contested two finals in 2011, losing to Milos Raonic in the San Jose final and falling to Juan Martin del Potro in the Estoril final. Verdasco played on the Spanish squad that collected its fifth Davis Cup championship with a 3-1 win over Argentina on the red clay of Seville. Verdasco reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal in 2013, losing to Andy Murray, 7-5 in the fifth set. In September, 2013, Verdasco won his sixth career doubles title in St. Petersburg. On April 13, 2014, Verdasco defeated compatriot Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the Houston final to win his sixth career title and first since Barcelona in 2010. Verdasco improved to 6-13 in ATP finals, winning his fourth clay-court title.
Fernando Verdasco Tournament History
2010: Barcelona, San Jose
2009: New Haven
2013: ATP World Tour Finals, St. Petersburg
2012: Hamburg, Umag, Acapulco, Buenos Aires