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Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

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Q. I was going to ask you about the success of tennis in Spain. You have three top-10 players: yourself, Rafa and Ferrer. What has led to that extraordinary success in recent years?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Well, that's a question that they ask me already many times. It's hard to know exactly why. I don't really have the answer for that. I think that it's just a period in history right now that we have not only good tennis players, but also athletes. I think in Spain we are right now in the best period of sport in history, like winning the World Cup in soccer that we never did before, in basketball, in Formula One, in cycling, in tennis. In almost every sport we are doing unbelievable. I think it is just, I don't know, something of history. It's tough to know. It's tough to know.

In tennis, just speaking about tennis, I think that Spain had like really good players in the last - at least what I remember - 20 years: Moya, Ferrero, Corretja, Berasategui, Bruguera. In that years, maybe the '90s, they were only more like clay court players. But also the hard court tournaments were much more faster than now. Maybe the Spanish players, they were not serving as good as maybe all the, like, U.S. players or French players or German players or Croatian players in that age.

But now that the hard courts, even the grass court, they are slower, I think that's why Spanish players, they are winning much more matches in all the surface, and that's why we have more players up there, like five players in the top 20, three players in the top 10, many players in the top 100, no? All the courts are getting slower. That helps the Spanish players, you know, to win more matches and be more in the top.
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Re: Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

Tell us something we don't already know, Nando

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Re: Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

Do we really need a thread for this? This is comon sense. Besides who gives a shit what Verdasco says? Maybe post it in his forum.

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Just relax and wait for the Nadulltards. They'll surely come here and say we're all haters, etc.
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Shitloads of clay futures events is the main reason. The Spanish get the best education in modern tennis without leaving their own country.

You won't find the next Spanish top 10 player getting hyped up at a junior slam because he's probably been grinding in futures qualies since he was 15

Slower hardcourts have probably helped them translate that success to the very biggest stages but it wouldn't mean shit if the structure wasn't already in place
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RG = 5 titles
W = 2 titles/2 finals
USO = 1 title/2 semis
AO = 1 title/1 semi

AO = slowest hardcourt , Rafa do not like, gives opponent too much time. Give Rafa time too but he do not need it compared to struggling opponent.
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A little simplified, but the slower courts of today definitely have played a major impact in the success of Spaniards, and other "clay court country" players on other surfaces.
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RG = 5 titles
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USO = 1 title/2 semis
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AO = slowest hardcourt , Rafa do not like, gives opponent too much time. Give Rafa time too but he do not need it compared to struggling opponent.
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Shitloads of clay futures events is the main reason. The Spanish get the best education in modern tennis without leaving their own country.

You won't find the next Spanish top 10 player getting hyped up at a junior slam because he's probably been grinding in futures qualies since he was 15

Slower hardcourts have probably helped them translate that success to the very biggest stages but it wouldn't mean shit if the structure wasn't already in place
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Those futures tournaments are played almost exclusively by Spanish players, there are about a 1000 of them around in all levels, from U-12 to ATP, and the level is very demanding, the competition is tough even inside of clubs themselves and there are tons of qualified coaches across the country.

Clay is giving the foundation for the modern game because there you can build the power and consistency of strokes, the patience to build points, the stamina to stay on rallies and if you serve well on clay, you can serve well everywhere else.

It's all about the sports culture and how much is spend in those, for example, Spain has 23,995 UEFA qualified coaches in comparison with England's 2,769 and we can continue with many other sports

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Re: Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

So insightful is Fernando. Jokes, the guy is talking out of his ass usual. It's so obvious that he skipped school to play tennis judging by his self absorbed comments.
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Re: Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

Well Italy has quite a lot of Futures as well (not as many as Spain) plus it has hell of a lot of Challengers.

I count 28 challengers, 23 or 24 of them clay as of last year. This compared to Spain's pathetic 5, 2 of which are on Hard.

You don't see them producing any good players do you?

Perhaps spain's structure at the futures level is very good but I think it has got more to do with the coaching and training regimes.

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Re: Verdasco: Slow courts led to Spanish success

But now that the hard courts, even the grass court, they are slower, I think that's why Spanish players, they are winning much more matches in all the surface, and that's why we have more players up there, like five players in the top 20, three players in the top 10, many players in the top 100, no? All the courts are getting slower. That helps the Spanish players, you know, to win more matches and be more in the top.

I think Nadal would overall agree.

Although it should be noted the greater strength and power of the modern players has compensated for much of the slowing in conditions.
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