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~EMiLiTA~
04-18-2005, 03:04 PM
looks like poor ol' Nando's not in a good way...

Verdasco, con molestias físicas y sin entrenador


18/04/05 03:00 h. Fernando Verdasco está ahora mismo sin entrenador, una vez decidió no continuar dentro del grupo que dirigen Jordi Vilaró y Francis Roig, y en el que siguen Feliciano López, con el que ya no hace doble, o Albert Costa. A finales de la pasada temporada rompió con Nacho Truyol, y decidió alternar su residencia entre Madrid y Barcelona. Competirá sin técnico fijo y con las molestias de unas anginas que arrastra desde el torneo de Valencia

Verdasco, with physical problems and no coach

Fernando Verdasco has no coach right now. He decided not to continue in the group led by Jordi Vilaró and Francis Roig, and in which Feliciano López (with whom he doesn't play doubles anymore) and Albert Costa still are. at the end of last season, he stopped working with Nacho Truyol, and decided to alternate his residences between Madrid and Barcelona. He will compete without a fixed coach and with tonsilitis problems that he's been struggling with since the Valencia tournament

NicoFan
04-18-2005, 03:15 PM
Poor guy...and I really wonder what is up here...

NicoFan
04-18-2005, 03:17 PM
And worried about him with angina problems...that is serious, yes? Does anyone have any more specifics on that?

~EMiLiTA~
04-18-2005, 03:19 PM
yeah...that is kinda worrying. If i find something else i'll post it here

NicoFan
04-18-2005, 03:25 PM
Thanks!

Even though we don't know these guys, we follow them so closely that when something happens, its heartbreaking.

Again, hope he's okay. Really worried about him.

Jenrios
04-18-2005, 09:03 PM
Great idea for a thread. Angina - isn't that a heart problem? very worrying.

Jenrios
04-18-2005, 09:05 PM
It surely must mean chest infection. I hope there is no rift with Lopez.

NicoFan
04-19-2005, 03:34 AM
Hey Jenrios - I almost had heart problems myself when I read the initial post. But...thank good...after I practically cried on my Nico board about it...lol!...we got it straightened out..."anginas" in spanish does not mean "angina" in English (which is a heart problem) - means tonsillitis. Something like angina en peche (can't remember I"m guessing here) means angina the way we mean angina in English.

I was just so relieved when I read that...must be something going around because Fena has the same thing.

~EMiLiTA~
04-19-2005, 12:14 PM
lol...well there u go that's what i get for being slack and not checking a dictionary trying to do a quick translation :retard: sorry haha...it can mean angina but yes in this case i think it's more likely to be a sore throat/tonsilitis! (or maybe like a chest infection?)...i heard he'd had the flu in monaco too...hope he's better now...he plays ferrer today :scared:

NicoFan
04-19-2005, 01:19 PM
No problem...lol!

I did the exact same thing...it was someone else that told me when they read my post on Nico's board.

Who would have thought the meanings would have been so different when the words are almost exactly the same? ;)

~EMiLiTA~
04-19-2005, 01:44 PM
yeah lol well i know there are a lot of "false friends" in foreign languages...words that look like english words but have different meanings...i just couldn't be bothered to go to my dictionary :rolleyes: i will do so next time ;)

Jenrios
04-19-2005, 08:07 PM
Phew - thanks Nico fan - what a relief. Tonsillitis is less worrying that heart trouble. Although it can be difficult to shake off.

Iza
04-22-2005, 10:20 AM
phew!!!! I was scared! :eek:
So, why doesn't he play doubles with Feli anymore?

Jenrios
04-22-2005, 07:12 PM
hi Iza - that's a mystery that's difficult to solve, I'm afraid. Like I said, in Miami someone told me Nadal had poached Lopez - but then they played with different partners after that. It's very puzzling to me as Fer and Lopez are such good friends and have had success.

Carlita
04-22-2005, 11:44 PM
:wavey: Hola peeps!! I'm back!! :D :D :D

What a great week! Saw all my guys! :banana: so happy...... Lots to tell, will do tomorrow ;)

OOh sounds nasty this!! I talked to him next to "Fernando's Tree" (will explain later! :lol: ) and he sounded fine, looked great and was a very happy chappy, eventhough he was coughing a bit. He met up with a (girlie)friend and I tried to listen what they were on about. My Spanish isn't that good, although I must say if I can understand anyone it would be Fer! I heard about a 5-year contract... Who he'll play doubles with till wimbledon. I heard a few names..... like: Ferrero, Lopez and he said something like: that's the truth.... I got the feeling he was talking about Rafa...but, I'm not sure, so forget I said that! :lol: He was so cheerful and happy! And alone.... Also got a newpaper article which I will write here tomorrow..I'm a little tired!! :zzz: It's about Pepo Clavet...so, will that be the new coach??? It was the Thursday paper...

Okay, talk soon!! I took 9 films of pics.... :eek: I know, I'm crazy!! :lol: 7 with 36 pics and 2 with 24 pics. They'll be ready on Tuesday or Wednesday!!

Missed you all here!!!! :kiss: Talk soon!!
:hug:

NicoFan
04-23-2005, 01:33 AM
Lady Carlita dudette, it hasn't been the same here without you!

Sounds like you had an awesome time can't wait to hear about it!!!

Especially Fernando's Tree...lol!...and if he and Feli are still buddies.

9 rolls of film? Whoo hooo!!!

~EMiLiTA~
04-23-2005, 10:58 AM
welcome back Sjoukje!!!

pato the new coach?!?!! interesting!!!

Carlita
04-23-2005, 11:48 AM
:wavey: ¡Hola! ¡Bon dia! Y Feliz Sant Jordi :D

Don't know if he's the new coach or if Fer is just training there. Hope you can help out here ;) :hug:

here's the article from Mundo Deportivo, 21 April 2005

Verdasco entrena con Pepo Clavet

Fernando Verdasco entrenará con Pepo Clavet, que dejará su puesto en la Federación de Tenis de Madrid. Después de la breve experiencia en el grupo de Francis Roig y Jordi Vilaró, en el que había estado desde la pretemporada, el jugador madrileño vuelve a establecerse en su ciudad.

Verdasco no ha tenido problema alguno con los entrenadores catalanes, pero no se sentía cómodo en una disciplina de grupo. Prefiere contar continuamente con el mismo técnico, y además en casa. En el mundo profesional entró de la mano de Nacho Truyol, un ex jugador profesional como es Pepo Clavet, quien además también tiene experiencia sobrada en la faceta de 'coach', pues entre otros dirigió a Alex Corretja y a su hermano 'Pato'Clavet en el circuito ATP.

Verdasco sucumbió en la ronda inicial del Godó ante un David Ferrer en vena de aciertos. Además, no llegó en condiciones óptimas al choque ya que las anginas le vienen jugando una mala pasasda desde hace un par de semanas.


So now we know ;)

~EMiLiTA~
04-23-2005, 12:29 PM
for those who don't read Spanish...

Verdasco trains with Pepo Clavet

Fernando Verdasco will train with Pepo Clavet, who will leave his position in the Madrid Tennis Federation. Following a brief stint in the group with Francis Roig and Jordi Vilaró, with whom he had been since the preseason, the Madrid player is going to settle back in his own city.

Verdasco didn't have any problems with the Catalan coaches, but didn't feel comfortable with the group situation. He prefers to continually rely on the same coach and be at home. He became a professional with Nacho Truyol, an ex pro player like Pepo Clavet, who also has more than enough coaching experience, among others, he coached Alex Corretja and his brother 'Pato' Clavet on the ATP.

Verdasco lost in the first round of the Godó to David Ferrer, who is running hot. He also wasn't in great condition for the match since he's been struggling with tonsilitis for a few weeks.

Jenrios
04-23-2005, 04:57 PM
welcome back Lady Carlita! Glad you had a great time. Can;t wait to hear your report - you will post it here, right?

Jenrios
04-23-2005, 04:58 PM
and am relieved to hear him making some positive plans after a miserable run of form:)

Carlita
04-23-2005, 05:21 PM
welcome back Lady Carlita! Glad you had a great time. Can;t wait to hear your report - you will post it here, right?yeah sure!! Although Moya is my number one, I feel more at home here at Nando's forum ;) I'll put it in the chat thread...will try to type it out later today. :)

Jenrios
04-23-2005, 05:38 PM
Great! Looking forward to it!

Kyla
04-23-2005, 06:21 PM
yeah lol well i know there are a lot of "false friends" in foreign languages...words that look like english words but have different meanings...i just couldn't be bothered to go to my dictionary :rolleyes: i will do so next time ;)

Don't worry bout thouse false friends - the German word "Angina" is both for tonsilitis and the heart thing (though that is called "Angina Pectoris"). Hm, well looks like dear Fer should get his tonsils out ;)! I was seriously disappointed that he pulled out of Munich...

Iza
04-24-2005, 09:33 AM
he did?
aww, that sux :(

~EMiLiTA~
04-24-2005, 11:22 AM
yeah i also noticed he wasn't in the draw...such a shame!!! but in some ways at least he'll be rested for the more important tournaments like Rome and Hamburg...though it's a shame for u Kyla :hug:

Carlita
04-24-2005, 11:44 PM
Here's the article that goes with the pics of Fer and Feli I posted.


Los "Galácticos" aterrizan en Vinçon
Feliciano López y Fernando Verdasco firman autógrafos en la céntrica tienda barcelonesa.

La jornada del sábado en la agenda de actividades de los tenistas fuera de las pistas del RCTB, terminó con la visita de Feliciano López y Fernando Verdasco en Vinçon.

Semanas antes de la celebracíon del Open SEAT Godó, la mítica tienda de diseño, situada en pleno de la ciudad condal, aceptó la iniciativa del torneo de decorar uno de sus escaparates con motivos tenístico antiguos. Raquetas de madera, pelotas de antaño, cordajes de tripa, ... conformaron un escenario atípico dónde la historia del tenis quedaba totalmente reflejada.

Los dos tenistas españoles, acompañados por el responsable de prensa de ATP, Benio Pérez Barbarillo, quadaron maravillados del estilo y el diseño de los muchos y variados artigulos de Vinçon, ya que ninguno de los dos conocía la famosa marca.

En un momento, la tienda de decoración, se abarrotó de gente al oir por megafonía que los dos tenistas se dirigían a firmar autógrafos en el interior de la tienda. Gente de todas las edades se apresuraron para ponerse en la cola y conseguir un póster o una foto firmada por sus idolos. Con amabilidad y mucha simpatía Feliciano y Fernando atendieron a sus fans e incluso bromearon con los dos rotuladores (rojo y azul) que Vinçon les dio para lubricar sus firmas. Merengues declarados, dieron una nota de humor al comprobar el color de dichos rotuladores recordandoles la bandera del eterno rival, el Barça.

Otra nota futbolística, la proporcionaron los dos tenistas demostrando sus grandes habilidades en el futbolín.

Posteriormente, los dos tenistas se dirigieron al escaparate "tenístico" donde se adentraron para hacerse unas fotos como si fueran dos maniquíes simulando que formaban parte del escaparate. Tanto Feliciano como Fernando se pasaron toda la visita pendientes del las noticias que llegaban del partido de su amigo Rafa Nadal.

Los dos tenistas declararon que afrontan sus primeros partidos de primera ronda con mucha moral ya que les han tocado unos rivales dificiles pero a la vez motivantes; Almagro, rival de Feliciano y Ferrer, rival de Verdasco.

El toledano tendrá que pelear contra la agresividad del murciano y el madrileño, que se está recuperando de unas angins, intentará frenar el mejor tenis que está desarrollando últimamente el valenciano.

well, I don't think there's anything in here about why they don't play doubles anymore.... nevermind :rolleyes:

~EMiLiTA~
04-25-2005, 01:26 PM
The "Galacticos" land in Vinçon
Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco sign autographs in the central Barcelona store.

Saturday, on the players' offcourt programme of events ended with Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco's visit to Vinçon.

Weeks before the Open Seat Godó, the mythical designer store in the centre of Barcelona, accepted the tournament's initiative to decorate one of its shop windows with old tennis motifs. Wooden racquets, balls from years gone by, cordaje de tripa (something to do with strings i think but i don't really understand what they're saying there sorry!)...they set up an unusual scene which totally reflected the history of tennis.

The two Spanish players, accompanied by the person in charge of the ATP Press, Benio Pérez Barbarillo, were amazed by the style and design by the many diverse Vinçon items, as neither of them knew of the famous brand.

At one time, the decoration shop filled with people once they heard the megaphone announcement that the 2 players were heading to the store to sign autographs. People of all ages hurried to join the queue and get a poster or a photo signed by their idols. Feliciano and Fernando were more than happy to meet their fans and even joked with the 2 pens (red and blue) that Vinçon gave them to sign the autographs. Diehard Real Madrid fans, they added a humourous note to the situation by realising that the colour of the pens reminded them of the flag of their eternal rival, Barça.

On another football note, the 2 players demonstrated their great abilities in table football.

Afterwards, the 2 players made their way to the "tennis" shop window which they got into to take photos as if they were 2 models pretending to form part of the display. Both Feliciano and Fernando spent the whole visit waiting for news about their friend Rafa Nadal's match.

Both tennis players said they would face their first round matches with lots of moral courage since they had to play against difficult, but at the same time motivating, opponents. Almagro, Feliciano's opponent and Ferrer, Verdasco's opponent.

The player from Toledo will have to fight hard against the Murcian's aggressiveness and the Madrid player, who is recovering from tonsilitis, will try to put a stop to the moment of great tennis that the Valencian has been experiencing lately.

Carlita
04-25-2005, 02:18 PM
;) Thanks Emily! :hug:

~EMiLiTA~
04-25-2005, 02:27 PM
de nada!

Carlita
07-12-2005, 08:58 PM
09/07/2005 FERNANDO VERDASCO, ACTUAL CAMPEÓN DE ESPAÑA DE TENIS

'El Nacional es diferente a todo´

El tenista llegará la próxima semana a Logroño, donde hoy arrancan las rondas previas del torneo, para defender su título

«Nunca he jugado en Logroño y estoy ansioso por llegar» ha declarado Fernando Verdasco mientras disputa estos días el torneo de Gstaad. El vigente campeón de España Absoluto, confiesa que el gusanillo por defender el título es «más intenso conforme pasan los días».

El jugador madrileño, que ayer por la tarde se ha clasificado junto a Álex López-Morón para las semifinales de dobles del Torneo de Gstaad, asegura que la cita del campeonato de España es algo especial. Hoy comienzan a disputarse en Las Norias las rondas previas, mientras que el lunes se iniciará el 'torneo de verdad'.

«Creo que es un torneo con muchas cosas diferentes al resto de los torneos del circuito» continúa diciendo Verdasco, «es un título diferente al resto porque escribes una parte pequeñita de la historia deportiva de tu país, y en el que, cuando miras al palmarés, te das cuenta que estar entre todos esos nombres es algo muy especial, mejor dicho, todo un honor»

El jugador tiene previsto llegar a Logroño el lunes o el martes, para disputar la fase final del torneo, «depende de como nos vaya la prueba de dobles aquí, en Gstaad y de los enlaces con los vuelos». Verdasco que nunca ha estado en tierras riojanas espera que el primer contacto sea lo más fructífero posible: «Estoy contentísimo que el Campeonato sea en Logroño, porque nunca he estado allí y todo el mundo me ha hablado muy bien. Estoy ansioso por llegar cuanto antes para conocer el club, la pista y la ciudad».

El madrileño llegará con ganas de ofrecer lo mejor de su juego: «espero que la gente disfrute con mi tenis, les aseguro que voy a dar todo lo que llevo dentro para poder festejar, con ellos, un nuevo título aunque sé que no será fácil, porque hoy en día todos los jugadores son de un nivel excelente».

El palmarés de Verdasco cuenta con la victoria en el Abierto de Valencia en 2004, el que ha sido su único título ATP, además del Torneo de Estocolmo en dobles junto a Feliciano López. Pero el mejor momento fue su debú con el conjunto español de Copa Davis, contra Eslovaquia. «Fue un sueño hecho realidad, representar a tu país en el torneo más importante del mundo, es con lo que desde pequeño había soñado», afirma.
From TeniSpain

Carlita
07-12-2005, 09:18 PM
Verdasco, máximo favorito para el Campeonato de España de Logroño

ABC

LOGROÑO. Desde hoy y hasta el próximo domingo, Logroño será el escenario de una nueva edición del Campeonato de España de tenis, en el que Fernando Verdasco y Guillermo García López, en categoría masculina, y Anabel Medina y Nuria Llagostera, en femenina, serán los principales cabezas de serie y máximas atracciones.

El madrileño y el albaceteño estarán exentos de la primera ronda y con muchas opciones para repetir la final del año pasado, donde Verdasco se proclamó vencedor. En Logroño estarán ausentes las principales raquetas españolas.

Además de Verdasco y García López tan sólo Nicolás Almagro, de todos los inscritos, figuran dentro del «top 100» de la lista ATP.

freesbee
07-12-2005, 09:21 PM
and now the translation please :lol:

Carlita
07-12-2005, 09:23 PM
and now the translation please :lol::nerner: Use an online translator thingie :haha:

Carlita
07-29-2005, 10:51 PM
VERDASCO, ÚNICO SUPERVIVIENTE ESPAÑOL EN SEMIFINALES

El español venció a Hanescu por un doble 6-3 y ahora se enfrentará al chileno Massu que derrotó a Lapentti por 6-4, 6-7 (5) y 6-2). El otro puesto en la final lo disputarán los argentinos Gaudio y Zabaleta, que eliminó a Feliciano López.
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29.07.2005

El español Fernando Verdasco se clasificó para las semifinales del torneo de Kitzbuehel, perteneciente a la ATP y dotado con 625.000 euros en premios, al imponerse al rumano Victor Hanescu (N.15) en dos sets, por un doble 6-3. Sin embargo, el otro español en liza, Feliciano López sucumbió ante Zabaleta por 6-4 y 6-2.

Verdasco, que se convierte en el primer semifinalista en la tierra austriaca, se medirá en la siguiente ronda al chileno Nicolás Massu (N.7) que eliminó al ecuatoriano Lapentti en tres sets (6-4, 6-7 (5) y 6-2).

El encuentro de Kitzbuehel será el cuarto que disputen entre sí el sudamericano y el español, que se apuntó el último que ambos han jugado, en Acapulco, el pasado año (6 3 y 6-4). Massu consiguió la victoria en el de Viña del Mar y el del Masters Series de Madrid en el 2003.

Iza
07-30-2005, 06:31 PM
Verdasco surprised himself with the result.

``It's amazing. I came to Kitzbuehel and wanted to win some matches. But I never dreamed of making it to the final,'' the Spaniard said.

With temperatures on court reaching more than 122 degrees, seventh-seeded Massu of Chile started better than his opponent and dominated the opening set.

In the final set, Verdasco broke his opponent early, but ran into trouble with Massu's powerful forehand and gave away his serve in game eight.

Going ahead 5-4 with his own serve, Massu looked set for victory but smashed a forehand into the net, allowing Verdasco to pull level again.

Seemingly distracted from his unforced error, Massu lost concentration in his following service game and conceded another break.

Verdasco wrapped up victory to reach his first final in 2005, and just the third of his career.

``I cannot believe I am in the final. But now that I am, I want to win it, of course,'' Verdasco said.


from Yahoo! Sports

Carlita
08-01-2005, 09:54 AM
oooooooooooooooooooooooh Look at this:

New entry rankings:

Fer is at 48 now with 725 points !! :bounce: he jumped 20 places :banana: woohoo!!!!
:worship: Well done Nandooooooooooooooooooooooooo :hug:

2nd biggest climber this week! Only the lovely Zaba jumped 22 places... :)



They should let him play in Montreal!!!!!

Iza
08-01-2005, 12:31 PM
:woohoo:


He is 38th in the Race after climbing 15 positions :bigclap:
Still 5th in the alt-list for Montreal :sad:

Björki
08-01-2005, 12:47 PM
I wonder why he didn't enter the Quali as well?
Hope some more will withdraw and he wants to play there. :)

Carlita
08-02-2005, 06:39 PM
hmm so it seems that Fernando is playing Tenis Playa de Luanco this week! Yesterday he beat: Andoni Vivanco 6-2 6-4.

Today he will play Jiri Novak in the semi final, if he gets through he plays the final tomorrow I think :lol:

:) VAMOOOOS

Feli beat Javier Garrapiz 6-4 6-3 last Sunday...http://www.tenispain.com/BDFotos/fotos/album/lopez_f/f03181_m.jpgGo Feli! :lol:


*goes searching for more*

Carlita
08-02-2005, 06:46 PM
Orden de Juego dia 2: semifinales
- 20,15h - Fernando Verdasco c J Novak (CZE)
- a cont - Feliciano Lopez c A Pavel (ROM)

cuartos:
Feliciano Lopez 64 63 a Javier Garrapiz
Andrei Pavel (ROM) 62 62 a Gueorgui Roumenov
Jiri Novak (CZE) 61 63 a Albert Ramos
Fernando Verdasco 62 64 a Andoni Vivanco

Iza
08-02-2005, 08:38 PM
OMFC what kind of competiton is this :lol:
Vamos Nando anyways :lol: :bounce: !

Carlita
08-02-2005, 10:59 PM
I have NO idea :lol: BUT look at this:


Orden de Juego dia 3: a las 21,30h final:
Fernando Verdasco c Feliciano López

semis</B>
Fernando Verdasco 63 64 a J Novak (CZE)
Feliciano Lopez 26 63 64 a A Pavel (ROM)


so , Fer beat Novak!! And now plays Feli tomorrow!! :woohoo:


http://www.tenispain.com/tenispain/torneos/crp2005/c686/cartel.jpg

Björki
08-03-2005, 07:23 AM
Vamos Nando :bounce:

Iza
08-03-2005, 07:37 AM
Nando beat Novak .... that's very good :yeah:
Now let's see if he beats honey Feli again :lol:

Carlita
08-04-2005, 07:03 AM
And so Fernando did ;)

final:
Fernando Verdasco 75 75 a Feliciano López

:banana::banana::banana:

bravoooooooooooooooooooooooooo:bounce:

Carlita
08-04-2005, 07:07 AM
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EDITORIAL PRENSA ASTURIANADirector: Isidoro Niciezahttp://www.lne.es/mediaweb/images/pn.gif


DEPORTESVerdasco, gran campeón:banana::banana::banana:


El madrileño se impuso a Feliciano López por un doble 7-5 en una final de calidad y muy disputada ante el entusiasmo de los espectadores que abarrotaron las gradas de La Ribera


Luanco, Javier A. LOZANO
El madrileño Fernando Verdasco se hizo ayer con el Torneo Tenis Playa de Luanco al derrotar en la final a Feliciano López por 7-5 y 7-5 en un partido de calidad y muy emocionante.

La victoria de Verdasco deshizo el empate que se registraba entre ambos jugadores en los enfrentamientos previos, con una victoria para cada uno. En Kitzbuhel, en Austria, en 2004, venció Fernando Verdasco, por 6-2 y 6-3, mientras que en 2005, en Marsella, se impuso Feliciano López por 7-5 y 6-3.

En un partido disputadísimo y con un gran ambiente en las gradas, unas 3.000 personas en la playa de La Ribera, entre el graderío y los aledaños, Feliciano López y Fernando Verdasco respondieron claramente a todas las expectativas ofreciendo un encuentro de poder a poder que fue muy del agrado de todos los asistentes.

En el primer set, que tuvo una duración de 43 minutos, la igualdad predominó a lo largo del mismo, pues si en el cuarto juego López había roto el servicio de su rival, en el quinto Verdasco le devolvió la moneda. Posteriormente, ambos mantuvieron su servicio, pero en el undécimo juego un excelente passing paralelo de Verdasco le dio el juego que posteriormente remató con su servicio para llevarse el set por 7-5.

En el segundo set cuando el marcador registraba empate a cuatro un pequeño problema con la red, que tuvo el partido parado apenas dos minutos, parece que descentró a López hasta el punto de que Verdasco sumó un tanto casi decisivo a la vista de lo igualado que iba el partido, pero López supo rehacerse y todavía dio mucha batalla hasta el final. De hecho, Verdasco no sentenció, asimismo, por 7-5 hasta la cuarta bola de partido de la que dispuso en un set que duró 50 minutos.

Con un gran éxito de público finalizó ayer esta vigesimosexta edición del Torneo Tenis Playa de Luanco, trofeo «Juan Avendaño». Ayer, día de la final, las entradas se agotaron y las instalaciones registraron un lleno total. Los prolegómenos del partido estuvieron amenizados por la Banda de Gaitas de Luanco.

Tras la final, se procedió a la entrega de premios. El director General de Deportes del Principado de Asturias, Daniel Gutiérrez Granda, entregó el trofeo al campeón del torneo, Fernando Verdasco, en una ceremonia en la que también estuvieron presentes Salvador Fernández Vega, alcalde de Gozón; Alfonso Segura, en representación del Banco Herrero; Juan Bautista Avendaño, capitán español del equipo de Copa Davis; Pedro Álvarez de Benito, diseñador de los diferentes trofeos, y Manuel Galé Iglesias, presidente de la Federación de Tenis del Principado.

La final del torneo, disputada ayer, será ofrecida esta noche en Teleoviedo, a las 23.00 horas.

Björki
08-04-2005, 07:30 AM
well done Fer :banana:

Eruwen
08-04-2005, 08:22 AM
:woohoo: Well done chico! :yeah:

Carlita
08-04-2005, 08:24 AM
:woohoo: Well done chico! :yeah:now go and translate the article Gaby :lol: :angel:

btw, the link you sent me :haha: oooooooooooh dear oh dear.........:rolleyes: :o

Iza
08-04-2005, 09:27 AM
Yay Nando :woohoo:
i just hope all this "miss Spain" things he wins will soon turn into ATP things :lol:

Carlita
08-04-2005, 09:59 AM
Yay Nando :woohoo:
i just hope all this "miss Spain" things he wins will soon turn into ATP things :lol::lol:

I think he'd make a GORGEOUS Mister Spain :lol:

This is all good for his confidence... especially beating Jiri and Feli.... :) VAMOOOOOOOOS :woohoo:

Iza
08-04-2005, 10:06 AM
yeah it's true ;)

Eruwen
08-04-2005, 12:34 PM
now go and translate the article Gaby :lol: :angel: You sure about that? :lol: You could ask Siobhan though... she translated that TAF article/interview of Tommy for me, and she did a GREAT job! :worship:

btw, the link you sent me :haha: oooooooooooh dear oh dear.........:rolleyes: :o It wasn't THAT bad, was it? :tape:

Carlita
08-04-2005, 01:30 PM
You sure about that? :lol: You could ask Siobhan though... she translated that TAF article/interview of Tommy for me, and she did a GREAT job! :worship: no it's okay... I can read it, or enough of it ;)

It wasn't THAT bad, was it? :tape:not really no....not that bad actually :rolleyes:

~EMiLiTA~
08-05-2005, 09:56 AM
yay for Nando! now hope he can do something decent in North America...

siobhan
08-05-2005, 10:12 AM
You sure about that? :lol: You could ask Siobhan though... she translated that TAF article/interview of Tommy for me, and she did a GREAT job! :worship:

Awww, I just saw this! Thanks, hun! :hug: Look at my cheeks, all rosy and blushed. :o

Carlita
08-05-2005, 10:47 AM
yay for Nando! now hope he can do something decent in North America...if he gets in that is! Seeing they only use rankings from 20 years ago :(

Eruwen
08-05-2005, 11:11 AM
Awww, I just saw this! Thanks, hun! :hug: Look at my cheeks, all rosy and blushed. :o :lol: Well, you did! :yeah:

Carlita
09-21-2005, 10:24 PM
http://multimedia.terra.es/listado.cfm?s=42&c=137&r=c


Go there and click on: 04/08/2005 Fernando Verdasco, campeón del torneo de tenis playa de Luanco tras ganar en la final a Feliciano López (http://javascript<img%20src=&quot;http://67.19.129.138/mtf/images/smilies/redface.gif&quot;%20border=&quot;0&quot;%20alt=&quot;&quot;%20title=&quot;Embarr assment&quot;%20smilieid=&quot;3&quot;%20class=&quot;inlineimg&quot;%20/>penWindow%20('ficha/ficha.cfm?i=31859&a=79662', 572);)


it's so funny! Fer and Feli playing on the beach...Fer running after everyone with the bottle of champagne! :lol:

it opens a window, you choose the player and select adsl or modem and it will play! :D Some nice little clips there! :yeah:

Nathy
09-22-2005, 11:57 AM
It doesn't work for me :sad:

Carlita
09-22-2005, 12:06 PM
why not? If you have real player it should work. just click on the the top link i put in the post. And then you see a list of clips that should play :)

Nathy
09-22-2005, 12:14 PM
But the page doesn't come on the screen :sad: I click on the link and then "Impossible to display the page" :awww:

freesbee
09-22-2005, 01:05 PM
it no worky for me either :sad: it shows some sort of helpdesk forum, no links in sight :confused: :shrug:

Carlita
09-22-2005, 01:21 PM
that's weird, cause when i click on this


http://multimedia.terra.es/listado.cfm?s=42&c=137&r=c

I go to Terra and see an orange/white page with dates and clips :shrug:

Nathy
09-22-2005, 01:34 PM
:woohoo: It worked! I think you did paste the link of the lil window that comes after you click on the link you mentioned before, that's why it didn't work!

:lol: funny one, thank Sjoukje :hug:

Carlita
09-22-2005, 01:38 PM
:woohoo: yaaaaaaaaaay! :lol: if you clicked on the red link, that didn't work ;) but the first one is the same as i posted just now

Glad you could see it, it's fun! :D

Nathy
09-22-2005, 01:59 PM
:smash: silly me I didn't even try the other link in your first post :lol: :rolleyes:

Yeah indeed and Nandito is :drool: when speaking Spanish :toothy:

Carlita
10-14-2005, 05:34 PM
:awww: hmmmm me bought Diez Minutos today....

Dafne Fernández ha roto con el tenista Fernando Verdasco... :sad:

the article says: she's loving life now and she does not want to talk about Fernando or the break up. They also write that it could just be a break from eachother.....

but for now: ADIÓS A UN AÑO DE AMOR :awww:


And I could understand most of the article...but not all of it...so there I was, on my way home, on the train reading the article to Laura in Barcelona :lol: She said my pronounciation is good!! I have improved a lot :D So I said: well, yeah, I could read you this magazine without knowing what on earth it is I'm reading :haha:

freesbee
10-14-2005, 05:37 PM
:awww: they were such a cute couple :awww:

Eruwen
10-14-2005, 07:19 PM
Awww, that's too sad! :awww: They were a cute couple indeed! But maybe they're both happy with the decision? At least I hope they are...

Iza
10-15-2005, 08:04 PM
:awww:

Björki
11-04-2005, 12:20 PM
http://www.elpais.es/edigitales/proxima.html?encuentro=1792

Tenista
Viernes, 04-11-2005 - 18:00h.

Con sólo 22 años, Fernando Verdasco es uno de los tenistas españoles con un futuro más prometedor. Y no sólo eso, sino que ocupa el puesto número 35 en la Carrera de Campeones. En su palmarés figura el torneo de Valencia (2004) y este año ha sido finalista en Kitzbühel. Sobre su progresión y todo lo relacionado con el tenis charlará con los lectores el VIERNES, 4, a las 18:00 horas.

Carlita
11-04-2005, 12:38 PM
:lol: our chico's been behaving...hahahaha, no news....WE WANT NEWS!!! :bounce:

Eruwen
11-04-2005, 05:16 PM
Mmm... I can't find it! :help: Only the page where you can send in questions, but no actual chat...

freesbee
11-04-2005, 05:43 PM
me neither :( anyway I hope they give him our questions in English as well... cause Nando would surely answer them, he's a nice chico ;)

freesbee
11-04-2005, 05:55 PM
chat suspended... don't know if it's just over or that it has gone completely wrong :p

"Por causas ajenas a la redacción de ELPAIS.es, se suspende la entrevista digital prevista con el tenista Fernando Verdasco. Disculpen las molestias."

Jenrios
11-04-2005, 07:51 PM
oh no! Just imagine hearing that deep, sexy voice.......

Carlita
11-04-2005, 08:27 PM
oh no! Just imagine hearing that deep, sexy voice.......http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/faint.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/faint.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/faint.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/faint.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/faint.gif

uhuh

Carlita
11-08-2005, 08:53 PM
El mallorquín les animará desde Shangai - 07-11-2005

Nadal, Ferrero y Robredo apoyaron a la Selección

Un grupo de tenistas españoles, entre los que se encontraban Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Robredo y Fernando Verdasco, apoyaron el lunes a la selección nacional de fútbol que hoy se concentró en Madrid para afrontar el partido de ida de la repesca mundialista.
Los citados tenistas posaron con las camisetas de la selección nacional, con el nombre de cada uno grabado en la espalda.

Rafa Nadal, el mejor tenista español del momento, y Raúl González, capitán de la selección española de fútbol, almorzaron en un restaurante madrileño antes de que el mallorquín viajase a Shangai, donde disputará el Masters.

Ambos se desearon suerte para sus respectivos compromisos y el capitán de la selección regaló al tenista la equipación con su nombre.

'Estaré en Shangai cuando la selección juegue los partidos de la repesca y desde allí seguiré y animaré a la selección. Estoy seguro de que vamos a pasar y que lo haremos bien en el Mundial', declaró Nadal antes de emprender su viaje. La selección española se concentrará hoy en Madrid y el próximo sábado se enfrentará con Eslovaquia en el estadio Vicente Calderón, en el encuentro de ida de la repesca para disputar la Copa del Mundo de fútbol de Alemania 2006.

Terra Deportes (canaldeportes@terra.es) - EFE

that's nice :) Our chicos at the football :)

Carlita
11-15-2005, 06:25 PM
Been going through my magazines again....(there's no ending I'm afraid...it keeps going on and on and on! :lol: )

I found this article from Grand Slam Tenis, November 2004

As I find more things, I'll scan and post them :)

Jenrios
11-15-2005, 06:52 PM
Thanks Sjourke. This is a lean time for tennis - thank goodness we haVE Christmas to take our minds off it:)

Carlita
12-11-2005, 11:29 AM
Lesión de Verdasco

El primer duelo quedó deslucido con la lesión de Fernando Verdasco. En el 5-4 del primer set, el tenista madrileño sufrió un pinchazo en el gemelo de la pierna derecha que le obligaría a abandonar posteriormente. Cuando el marcador señalaba el 2-1 en la segunda manga, pidió la ayuda del fisioterapeuta y optó por no forzar a partir de ahí, pero ya le resultó demasiado arriesgado.

El pinchazo pudo convertirse en una rotura de alto grado y prefirió arrojar la toalla para evitar males mayores, con la mente puesta en el próximo Open de Australia. La megafonía anunció la suspensión del duelo y cabizbajo, Fernando Verdasco agradeció los aplausos del público navarro, que premió su esfuerzo. El madrileño, con el carné joven gigante que le habían regalado, se levantó de la silla y enfiló el camino a los vestuarios.

Hasta ese momento, el encuentro había sido tremendamente igualado, con un primer set sin breaks que se decidió en la muerta súbita. En ese momento, Verdasco ya flaqueaba y Feliciano sentenció la primera manga en la primera bola de partido que dispuso. En la segunda, el toledano tomó ventaja con una ruptura de servicio y comenzó a acomodarse mejor a la pista rápida, hasta el abandono de Verdasco.

A las diez menos veinte de la noche saltaron a la pista Costa y Moyá, nada menos que dos ganadores de Roland Garros. Muchos impacientes ya habían abandonado, tristemente, la grada, y se perdieron un partido bonito, con golpes brillantes por parte de los dos. Resolvió Moyá con un doble 6-4 que permite al mallorquín estar en la final de hoy frente a Feliciano. Una nueva oportunidad de ver a los ídolos.

So if i see correct, he felt pain and had a physio look at it and decided to not take any risks and withdraw from the match in case he would tear a muscle. Good boy! :)

Carlita
12-11-2005, 12:01 PM
«No me molesta la prensa rosa; trato de evitarla»


Jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2005



¿Qué pasa ultimamente con los tenistas, tanto masculinos como femeninos, que trascendéis los límites de la pista de tenis hasta llegar a las revistas del corazón?



-Como siempre. Los deportistas siempre han estado con gente famosa, con actrices, con modelos. Lo que pasa es que ahora, no sé por qué, esta de moda todo lo que es prensa rosa, a todos les interesan nuestras cosas, y no tenemos otro remedio que asumirlo y cargar con ello.

-A usted se le relaciona con Dafne Fernández

-Estuvimos año y pico, pero lo decidimos dejar porque para los dos era lo mejor. Seguimos siendo amigos, y no hay ningún problema. Nos queda la amistad y ya está.

-¿Le molestan estos temas?

-No me molestan, simplemente trato de evitarlos. Cuando me vienen revistas o teles los evito, porque no me gusta hablar de mi vida. Si los demás no lo hacen, nosotros tampoco.

-El tenista está de moda, en revistas, publicidad ...?

-Eso es bueno. Quiere decir que el tenis está arriba y vende. Que siga así.

Carlita
12-11-2005, 12:03 PM
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Fernando Verdasco, en uno de sus característicos zurdazos. DDNhttp://www.deportesdenavarra.com/imagenes/menuDosAbI_G.gifhttp://www.deportesdenavarra.com/imagenes/menuDosAbD_G.gif


http://www.deportesdenavarra.com/imagenes/vinAbD_X.gifNo se ha puesto topes. Sabe que a sus 22 años le queda mucha progresión. Desde que cortó sus estudios al acabar COU se dedica al tenis, y dice que no le ha ido nada de mal. Tampoco le preocupa ahora mucho saber a dónde llegará, vive el día a día con la sensación de sentirse un privilegiado por formar parte de la "Armada" tenística española, con la que ya colaboró a lograr la última Copa Davis, competición en la que debutó contra Eslovenia.

Su progresión en el tenis resulta incuestionable, y se ha medido con la práctica totalidad de las figuras del circuito mundial. Es el quinto en el ranking nacional, y en el segundo semestre del año ha pasado del puesto 60 en el ranking ATP al 33, un salto meteórico.

Además de sus condiciones tenistas, Fernando Verdasco también ha sido relacionado con los cotilleos de moda que afectan al tenis, dada su relación con Dafne Fernández, una de las actrices de "Un paso adelante" . Sin embargo, él prefiere centrarse en los zurdazos que reparte en pista.

-¿Quién es Fernando Verdasco?

-Un joven de 22 años que juega al tenis, que es la actividad que más le gusta hacer en la vida, y a la que por supuesto más tiempo dedico. Yo desde pequeño quería ser tenista y me ha ido bien.

-¿Qué tal lo hace?

-Eso lo tienen que decir otros. Por mi parte creo que me defiendo bien.

«Pocos lo consiguen»

-¿Qué significa ser el 33 del mundo?

-Por una parte me siento un privilegiado estar ahí. Es un logro muy importante que muy poca gente consigue. Por otra parte, siempre gusta mejorar y coger más ranking. Pero, bueno, ser el 33 está muy bien y me siento muy contento por ello.

-¿Cuando sueña, en qué puesto se ve, dónde se imagina?

-No me veo en ninguno concreto, en el seis, el ocho o el quince. No tengo ahora un límite. Me espera mucha carrera por delante y creo que puedo mejorar más. Con el tiempo se verá dónde está mi límite.

Puntos fuertes y débiles

-¿Cuáles serían sus tres puntos fuertes?

-La velocidad de la bola, en el saque y en la derecha.

-¿Y los tres débiles?

-La volea, la cabeza a veces, en el sentido de la regularidad y jugar más partidos a tope, y no sabría decir ahora un tercero.

-¿Cuántas horas entrena al día?

-Depende un poco de las circunstancias. En plena temporada suelo hacerlo tres horas al día, mientras que ahora en pretemporada es normal hacer cinco horas diarias. Depende en qué etapas te encuentres.

-¿Con quién suele entrenar?

-Con Pato Clavet normalmente. A veces también entreno con otros jugadores en Madrid, caso de Quino Muñoz, Santi Rascón o Jacobo Díaz. Todos estos merodean los treinta años, han estado arriba y tienen nivel más que de sobra.

La vida en el hotel

-¿No cansa mucho viajar tanto como suelen hacer ustedes?

-Viajamos todo el año, pero me gusta viajar y conocer ciudades nuevas, conocer mundo. Lo que pasa es que una vez que te acostumbras, y lo haces por rutina cada semana, echas de menos estar en casa, con tu familia, con tu gente, salir con tus amigos, y no viajar tanto. Como que se te hace un poco pesado coger tantos aviones.

-¿Qué hace en el hotel?

-Ver tele, videojuegos, ordenador, y leer mucho.

-¿Suele salir a dar una vuelta por las ciudades que visita?

-Normalmente, no. Tenemos poco tiempo libre entre los entrenamientos y la competición, y cuando llegas al hotel lo que te apetece es descansar. A no ser que sea una ciudad muy bonita, como por ejemplo París. Entonces procuras salir a cenar fuera y darte una vuelta. No conoces los museos y las cosas así, más históricas, pero puedes conocer un poco la ciudad.

Regreso a Pamplona

-¿Quiere esto decir que saldrá a conocer Pamplona?

-Ya la conozco. Jugué en un campeonato nacional con 14 años. Pero estuvo casi todo el tiempo entre el club y el hotel. Ahora la conoceré mejor.

-¿Qué tal se lleva en estos viajes con los compañeros?

-Entre todos los tenistas españoles hay muy buen ambiente. Feliciano es como un hermano para mí, con él no tengo secretos, y siempre estamos juntos en todos los torneos. Con los demás me llevo muy bien.

-Con Feliciano le toca eliminarse en Pamplona, ¿quién se dejará ganar entonces?

-No, no. Ya estamos acostumbrados a enfrentarnos. Es una situación difícil, pero cada uno mira por sí y sale a jugar el partido, y ya está. No tienes que pensar en más.

El Master de Navarra

-Se le asocia a la pista rápida. En Pamplona jugará en una de ellas.

-También me gusta la tierra. No tengo una superficie que me guste más que las demás.

-¿Cómo ve el Master de Navarra?

-Es un torneo que nos viene muy bien jugarlo. Te pone ruedas para el año que viene. Me gusta jugarlo.

-¿Es importante ganar o perder?

-No vas a jugar un torneo para perder... Me gusta ganar siempre, aunque sea un amistoso. Ahora bien, no es lo mismo jugar un torneo de exhibición que uno ATP, pero siempre vas a ganar.

-¿Habrá espectáculo?

-Eso está asegurado, todos saldremos a dar lo mejor de nosotros, se verán buenos partidos y el público lo pasará bien. Se divertirá. Eso seguro. El formato es muy atractivo.

-Vienen cuatro miembros destacados de la "Armada española" Por cierto, ¿cómo sacó "el carné" de la "Armada"?

-Todo español que esté entre los cien primeros de la ATP ya lo es. Casi todos lo españoles lo tenemos.

-¿Qué tenista de la "Armada" le ha impresionado más?

-No sabría decir... Para mí, Ferrero y Moyá.

-¿Y de fuera?

-Para mí Federer es el número uno.

-¿En chicas?

-Me gusta Clijsters, Henin también, y Sharapova, aunque no tanto su técnica. (that's a shame:lol: )

RogiFan88
12-11-2005, 07:30 PM
Nice interview -- good to get to know Fer a little better! Gracias! ;)

RogiFan88
12-11-2005, 07:33 PM
Where and when did this interview come from??

Carlita
12-11-2005, 08:09 PM
it's from the same place the Carlos interview came from :D Pamplona / Navarra where they were playing this weekend :)

Jenrios
12-11-2005, 08:20 PM
thanks for the info!

Carlita
03-29-2006, 05:53 AM
TENIS EDICIÓN IMPRESA - Tenis

Verdasco: «Desde niño sueño con llegar a «top ten» y ganar torneos»


MIAMI. Es uno de los deportistas españoles más «glamurosos», habitual de fiestas y con presencia frecuente en la prensa del corazón. Pero detrás de esa imagen «fashion», Fernando Verdasco quiere ser alguien en el tenis y trabaja para conseguirlo. Por el momento dice que hizo poco, y no quiere conformarse. «No he hecho nada aún, no puedo conformarme», dijo durante una entrevista con la agencia Dpa en Miami, donde el estadounidense Andy Roddick, cuarto del ranking mundial, marcó el final de su camino por segunda semana consecutiva en un Masters Series.

Íntimo amigo de Feliciano López, tenista también y figura habitual de la prensa del corazón, Verdasco sabe que a sus 22 años hizo bastante y que ganó suficiente dinero -más de un millón de euros en tres años como profesional- como para no trabajar más, pero está lejos de sentirse tranquilo con ello. «¿Conforme? ¡Qué va! Para nada... Si me conformo es malo. Quiero más. Desde pequeño quiero ser «top ten» y ganar torneos como éste».

Valencia, su mayor éxito

Pero Fernando Verdasco, que hasta el momento no pudo superar el puesto 30 del ranking, sabe que no comenzó 2006 con el mejor pie si de buscar ese objetivo se trata. «Me fue muy mal en la gira australiana, quedé muy descontento. En Marsella, regular. Luego enfermé y me fui pese a todo a Las Vegas, casi por ir. Y en los Masters Series de Indian Wells y Miami me eliminó Roddick en segunda y tercera ronda. No estoy nada contento con cómo me ha ido estos tres meses, pero hay que mirar para adelante».

«Mirar para adelante» equivale a pensar en la gira de arcilla, en la temporada de tierra europea, la misma en la que Verdasco obtuvo hace dos años su mayor éxito al ganar el torneo de Valencia. Un hecho curioso para un jugador que se crió con una pista de cemento en su casa y que rinde en canchas rápidas bastante mejor que sobre arcilla.

Fernando Verdasco ama el tenis, según él mismo confiesa. «A mí me gustaría jugar al tenis hasta que pueda, hasta que no pueda más». Pero sabe que su pasión no es compartida por otros. «Habrá jugadores a los que no les gusta el tenis, y para los que esto es un trabajo como cualquier otro. A nadie le gusta ir a la oficina ocho horas y estar puteado por tu jefe. El tenis te evita eso».

«Me encanta la pista central, me encanta jugar ante diez mil personas», agrega el zurdo madrileño, que disfruta como pocos la Copa Davis, una competición en la que espera volver a estar en septiembre, cuando España se juegue su permanencia en el Grupo Mundial. «Creo que si juego bien en estos meses seguramente estaré en el equipo», dice con esperanza, y confiesa no encontrar soluciones para los problemas de España cada vez que juega de visitante. «Jugar fuera no es fácil, pero tampoco sé qué se puede hacer. Simplemente, hay que jugar».

Jenrios
03-31-2006, 07:37 PM
Hope you don't mind Sjoukje, but as I had to run it through the translator for myself, thought I'd post it - 'machine translated' isn't wonderful, but it gives you an under-standing.....


Verdasco: «From boy dream with arriving to «top has» and to win tournaments»


MIAMI. It is one of the Spanish sportsmen more «glamurosos», habitual of parties and with frequent presence in the press of the heart. But behind that image «fashion», Fernando Verdasco wants to be somebody in the tennis and he/she works to get it. At the moment he/she says that he/she made little, and he/she doesn't want to conform to. «I have not still made anything, I cannot conform to», he/she said during an interview with the agency Dpa in Miami, where the American Andy Roddick, room of the world ranking, marked the end of its road for second serial week in a Masters Series.

Intimate friend of Feliciano López, tennis player also and habitual figure of the press of the heart, Verdasco knows that to its 22 years he/she made enough and that it made enough money - more than a million Eurus in three years like professional - like for not working more, but it is far from feeling calm with it. «As? What does he/she go! For anything... If I conform to it is bad. I want more. From small I want to be «top has» and to win tournaments like this».

Valencia, their biggest success

But Fernando Verdasco that could not overcome the position 30 of the ranking until the moment, knows that it didn't begin 2006 with the best foot if of looking for that objective it is. «It was me very bad in the Australian tour, I was very unhappy. In Marseilles, to regulate. Then I made sick and I left in spite of everything to Las Vegas, almost to go. And in the Masters Series of Indian Wells and Miami eliminated me Roddick in second and third beat. Anything am not happy with how he/she has left these three months, but it is necessary to look it stops ahead».

«To look stops ahead» it is equal to think of the clay tour, in the season of European earth, the same one in which Verdasco obtained its biggest success two years ago when winning the tournament of Valencia. A curious fact for a player that was raised with a cement hint in their house and that he/she surrenders in enough quick courts better than on clay.

Fernando Verdasco loves the tennis, according to him same he/she admits. «I would like to play tennis until he/she can, until he/she is not able to more». But he/she knows that their passion is not shared by others. «There will be players to those that they don't like the tennis, and for those that this is a work as any other one. Anybody likes to go to the office eight hours and to be whored by your boss. The tennis avoids you that».

«I love the central hint, I love to play before ten thousand people», he/she adds the left-handed one from Madrid that enjoys as few the Glass Davis, a competition in which hopes be in September again, when Spain is played its permanency in the World Group. «I believe that if I play well in these months I will surely be in the team», he/she says with hope, and he/she admits not to find solutions for the problems of Spain every time that plays of visitor. «To play outside is not easy, but neither I know what one can make. Simply, it is necessary to play».

Carlita
03-31-2006, 08:41 PM
thanks Jen!! :lol: oh dear.....I love the first quote.... some machines..... :haha:

Carlita
04-26-2006, 09:41 PM
26.04.2006 - 16:50h.

SE DISPUTARÁ ENTRE EL 21 Y 27 DE MAYO EN DUSSELDORF

Ferrer, Verdasco y Feliciano defenderán a España en la Copa del Mundo

David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco y Feliciano López serán los tenistas que defenderán el pabellón español en la Copa del Mundo por equipos que se disputará entre el 21 y 27 de mayo en Dusseldorf (Alemania). Esta competición está destinada a las ocho mejores naciones del tenis mundial, una clasificación que se establece, año tras año, en base a la clasificación de la ATP.

La competición se disputa en dos grupos de cuatro equipos y dentro de cada uno de ellos todos se enfrentarán con todos a un partido. En cada confrontación habrá dos partidos individuales y uno de dobles. Los dos vencedores de cada grupo disputarán la final.

La competición, que alcanza este año su vigésimo novena edición, reparte 1,85 millones de euros en premios y ya ha sido ganada por España en cuatro ocasiones, en su debut, en 1978 (Manuel Orantes y José Higueras), en 1983 (Angel Giménez, Manuel Orantes, José Higueras, Fernando Luna), en 1992 (Luis Bruguera, Sergi Bruguera, Emili Sánchez, Sergio Casal) y en 1997 (Albert Costa, Felix Mantilla, Tomás Carbonell, Francisco Roig).

Carlita
05-01-2006, 09:24 AM
28 de abril de 2006, 16h58


Fernando Verdasco confirma su relación con la modelo Priscila de Gustin



MADRID, (EUROPA PRESS)

Fernando Verdasco confirmó ayer su relación con la modelo Priscila de Gustin, con la que se le fotografió besandose en un torneo de tenis la pasada semana: "Sí, sí, es mi novia. Nos conocimos porque nos presentó un amigo común. Llevamos saliendo desde enero".

A la salida de su entrenamiento para el Conde de Godó, horas antes del partido con Tony Robredo -que finalmente tuvo que ser suspendido por la lluvia-, Fernando señaló que "nosotros no nos escondemos". "Si nos han visto ahora, pues vale, pero nosotros no nos escondemos", añadió.

El joven deportista también se refirió a su antigua pareja, la actriz Dafne Fernández, con quien mantiene una buena amistad: "Dafne, para empezar, es muy buena amiga de mi hermana. por tanto, hablamos a menudo, y Dafne sigue manteniendo relacion con toda la familia".

Jenrios
05-01-2006, 03:14 PM
oh, so they remain good friends, eh? Fer and Dafne? hmmmmmm

Carlita
05-01-2006, 03:17 PM
yeah :) cause she's good friends with his sister :)

Jenrios
05-02-2006, 08:12 PM
yeah - I got that bit - kind of handy for Dafne, eh? ;) broken up twice already - maybe they'll be back together for a third time?

freesbee
06-30-2006, 08:36 PM
Interview after the match against nalbandian: (wimbledon site)

F. Verdasco Interview - Day 5
Friday, 30 June, 2006

Q. You must be very happy with that?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Very happy, yes (smiling).

Q. Where do you think you were better in the game? Where were you stronger?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't know. I think there was different games, you know. The first set, with my serve, I have a lot of problems to win easy. And, you know, for him, I think it will be very tough don't break me one serve, no, with 12 or 13 break balls.

And after I start to play well. I play well both tiebreaks, and on the third set, no? I think I play well all the match anyway.

Q. Is this the biggest win of your career so far?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No. I think is one more match and is a very big player, is No. 3 or 4 in the world. Is one of the biggest wins. But with Roddick in Miami the last year was very big win, too, you know. I have is not the best one. Is one of them, but not the best.

Q. Beating the fourth seed must build your confidence levels?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yeah. I feel I playing good, and I hope to play like this, keep play like this the next matches. This is what I want, no? I don't think in more things.

Q. Did you know David Nalbandian requested that the match be played as early possible in the day so he could watch the Argentina football.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yeah, I know. Is normal.

Q. Do you agree with that decision, to bring the game forward?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: 12 is not one hour, like you must wake up at, you know, at seven or six in the morning like if you play ten. I think is good hour to play, too.

Q. That third set finished very quickly. Do you think he lost heart and spirit in the third game?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't think so. No, I don't think so.

Q. You don't think that he wanted to watch the football, it affected his performance in the third set.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, I don't think so. I think is more important to win the match, the tennis match, than see the football.

Jenrios
06-30-2006, 10:32 PM
oops, I posted it on the Wimby thread - never mind, good news is worth repeating, so I'll leave it there:)

Jenrios
06-30-2006, 10:38 PM
Nalbandian Knocked Out by Verdasco


©Getty Images / P. Cole

Friday, 30 June, 2006


The fourth seeded David Nalbandian has been dumped out of The Championships after being knocked out by Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. The 22-year-old Spaniard moved into the fourth round after beating the 2002 Wimbledon finalist 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (11-9), 6-2 in two hours and 47 minutes.

24-year-old Nalbandian had been heralded by the press as a serious contender for Roger Federer's crown, but today he looked out-of-sorts, tired and frustrated.

The Argentine had a number of chances to take control of the match but in the first set, he could not convert on his 12 opportunities to break Verdasco's serve. However, Verdasco did not lose his serve and after neither player could force a break, the set went to a tie-break.

Under scorching conditions on Court 13, Nalbandian started to lose his cool and in a tight and prolonged tie-break, he received a code-violation for racket abuse. It was the Spaniard who eventually prevailed, taking the set 11-9 with a glorious cross court forehand winner.

Sensing his opponent's growing frustration, Verdasco broke Nalbandian early on, but the fourth seed battled back to force the set to another tie-break. Another thrilling exchange ensued, with Verdasco saving two set points with some big serving, before eventually winning the tie-break 11-9 to establish a two set lead.

After that, Nalbandian had no answer to Verdasco's exceptional ground strokes and booming serve, with the Spaniard coming through the third set comfortably to move into the last 16.
Written by Beci Wood

freesbee
06-30-2006, 10:48 PM
doesn't that just make you happy :D

Jenrios
06-30-2006, 11:02 PM
Great avatar Freya!

freesbee
06-30-2006, 11:25 PM
thank you :D

Jenrios
07-01-2006, 03:16 PM
From the Guardian......

Nalbandian demands early start to watch football - and soon exits in straight sets

Richard Jago at Wimbledon
Saturday July 1, 2006
The Guardian


David Nalbandian asked for his third-round match to be scheduled early in the day so that he could watch Argentina play in the World Cup yesterday - and ended up with enough time to watch the whole of the rest of the competition.
The fourth-seeded former Wimbledon finalist's mood also made a dramatic change - from delight that his request brought a noon start on Court 13 to fury that his performance ended with a 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 defeat by Fernando Verdasco, the world No30 from Spain.

Nalbandian demands early start to watch football - and soon exits in straight sets

Richard Jago at Wimbledon
Saturday July 1, 2006
The Guardian


David Nalbandian asked for his third-round match to be scheduled early in the day so that he could watch Argentina play in the World Cup yesterday - and ended up with enough time to watch the whole of the rest of the competition.
The fourth-seeded former Wimbledon finalist's mood also made a dramatic change - from delight that his request brought a noon start on Court 13 to fury that his performance ended with a 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 defeat by Fernando Verdasco, the world No30 from Spain.


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There was also a code violation warning for racket abuse, an opportunity lost of a possible semi-final next week with Roger Federer and a series of grumpy recriminations. "I didn't play good. I couldn't return serve. I missed a lot of chances," grumbled Nalbandian. "I think if I broke once in the first set, everything would have changed. But nothing, nothing happened. He played OK; he didn't play great. I just lost by myself."
Nalbandian admitted he had never tried to get a match moved before but denied it had adversely affected him, calling his desire to watch the football "normal". The defeat should please Federer considerably. The honours stand at six apiece in the head-to-head tally between the two, with Nalbandian notably beating the three-times Wimbledon champion in the final of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai last November.

Since then Nalbandian has risen to world No3 without quite making the breakthrough many had expected. He lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the Australian Open semi-final in January, retired with a stomach muscle problem while holding a useful lead over Federer in the French Open semi-final three weeks ago and missed another opportunity yesterday.

Even more frustrating for the Argentinian was that he held three break points on Verdasco's serve at 5-5 in the first set, two set points in the first-set tie-break and two more set points in the second-set tie-break. He lost both 11-9 after a long series of angular baseline battles.

Verdasco was helped by two things yesterday: he is left-handed, which can make a player even more effective on grass where the sliced serve and cross-court forehand can slide away elusively on the slick surface, and the fact that the two had never previously played.

Verdasco will next play Radek Stepanek, the 14th-seeded Czech who made an obstinate, toiling and exuberantly celebrated recovery from the verge of a straight-sets defeat to overcome Juan Carlos Ferrero. He beat the former world No1 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 11-9 in slightly over four hours in 80-degree temperatures, saving Verdasco from having to play a compatriot.

Carlita
07-01-2006, 03:19 PM
:wavey: thanks Jen

Jenrios
07-01-2006, 03:22 PM
from the Independent -

Verdasco fans revel in defeat of Nalbandian
By Brian Viner at Wimbledon
Published: 01 July 2006
The 2002 finalist and fourth seed David Nalbandian became the highest-profile casualty so far in the men's singles yesterday, losing in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2, to the 22-year-old Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, seeded 28. It was a defeat the pony-tailed Argentine did not take too graciously, smashing his racket into the No 13 Court turf more than once, and receiving a warning from the umpire. In mitigation, his country were playing Germany in the quarter-final of the World Cup at 4pm, and he had duly asked for, and been given, a noon start. So he was doubtless aware, having lost the first two sets 11-9 in the tie-break, that if he was going to claw his way back into the match, he might miss at least some of football. No wonder he was cross.

However, the fact that Nalbandian was out of sorts, and still feeling the effects of the abdominal strain that forced him to retire after taking a set off Roger Federer in the semi-final of the French Open, should not detract from the excellence of Verdasco's win. The left-hander played quite beautifully at times, and hit 24 winners from the baseline, compared with 11 by his opponent. He also mixed up his serves to devastating effect, hitting the T and then the corners. Nalbandian had his chances, though. He'd failed to convert no fewer than 14 break points, including four in the first game of the match, by the time he finally broke Verdasco's serve at 2-3 in the second set.

Until then, Verdasco had played as indomitably as he did at Queen's a few weeks ago, when despite a groin injury that rendered him hardly able to walk by the end, he lost narrowly to his compatriot Rafael Nadal, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6. He is a fine competitor, ranked 30th in the world and rising, but he has now reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for only the second time, following a decent run at last year's US Open, where he accounted for the 12th seed, a certain Tim Henman, in the first round.

His progress here was watched carefully, in the seats reserved for press and competitors' guests, by his girlfriend, Pristilla, and his seven-year-old sister, Ana. At the beginning of the match, Pristilla snapped open a big, red, lacy fan as only a genuine señorita can, and started fanning herself gently. By the time victory had turned from possibility to probability, the fan was going like the clappers. Alongside her, I enjoyed what might be called a collateral fanning myself.

As for Nalbandian, the only really concerted effort the 24-year-old made seemed to be to break his racket, which he eventually succeeded in doing.

Apparently, the name Nalbandian means "son of a blacksmith" in his grandfather's native Armenian, and if he could have stuck his racket on an anvil and taken a hammer to it, he looked as if he would have done. One can only guess at his emotions as he later sat down to watch the footie. With Nadal he is one of only two men to beat Federer in the past 12 months - at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai - and must have fancied his chances of getting a long way into next week.

His press conference, unsurprisingly in the circumstances, was short and not so sweet. Nalbandian is not known for his loquaciousness even with Spanish-speaking journalists, and when faced with questions in English he makes a Trappist monk sound like Jonathan Ross.

Here's a brief transcript. Question: "You had a racket warning, you appeared to lose your temper a bit in the first set. What was going through your mind?"

Nalbandian: "Nothing."

Question: "Is it right, that you had the match moved so you could watch the football this afternoon?"

Nalbandian: "Yeah. And?"

Question: "No, I just wondered if that hampered your preparations at all?"

Nalbandian: "Oh, no."

Question: "Are you a big football fan?"

Nalbandian: "Yeah, normal."

Question: "You watch a lot of football?"

Nalbandian: "Normal."

And so it went on, or rather, didn't. Then Nalbandian stalked out to watch Argentina's quarter-final, and perhaps to reflect on his failure to reach the same stage here. It is the first time in four Wimbledon appearances he has failed to make the last 16. Last year he got to the last eight, having ended the thrilling run of Andy Murray, in five sets, in the third round.

Verdasco declared his win not quite the biggest of his career, for he defeated Andy Roddick in Miami last year. Whether there is a bigger one in store here or not, he will be watched all the way by Pristilla, his biggest fan. And her big fan.

The 2002 finalist and fourth seed David Nalbandian became the highest-profile casualty so far in the men's singles yesterday, losing in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2, to the 22-year-old Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, seeded 28. It was a defeat the pony-tailed Argentine did not take too graciously, smashing his racket into the No 13 Court turf more than once, and receiving a warning from the umpire. In mitigation, his country were playing Germany in the quarter-final of the World Cup at 4pm, and he had duly asked for, and been given, a noon start. So he was doubtless aware, having lost the first two sets 11-9 in the tie-break, that if he was going to claw his way back into the match, he might miss at least some of football. No wonder he was cross.

However, the fact that Nalbandian was out of sorts, and still feeling the effects of the abdominal strain that forced him to retire after taking a set off Roger Federer in the semi-final of the French Open, should not detract from the excellence of Verdasco's win. The left-hander played quite beautifully at times, and hit 24 winners from the baseline, compared with 11 by his opponent. He also mixed up his serves to devastating effect, hitting the T and then the corners. Nalbandian had his chances, though. He'd failed to convert no fewer than 14 break points, including four in the first game of the match, by the time he finally broke Verdasco's serve at 2-3 in the second set.

Until then, Verdasco had played as indomitably as he did at Queen's a few weeks ago, when despite a groin injury that rendered him hardly able to walk by the end, he lost narrowly to his compatriot Rafael Nadal, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6. He is a fine competitor, ranked 30th in the world and rising, but he has now reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for only the second time, following a decent run at last year's US Open, where he accounted for the 12th seed, a certain Tim Henman, in the first round.

His progress here was watched carefully, in the seats reserved for press and competitors' guests, by his girlfriend, Pristilla, and his seven-year-old sister, Ana. At the beginning of the match, Pristilla snapped open a big, red, lacy fan as only a genuine señorita can, and started fanning herself gently. By the time victory had turned from possibility to probability, the fan was going like the clappers. Alongside her, I enjoyed what might be called a collateral fanning myself.

As for Nalbandian, the only really concerted effort the 24-year-old made seemed to be to break his racket, which he eventually succeeded in doing.
Apparently, the name Nalbandian means "son of a blacksmith" in his grandfather's native Armenian, and if he could have stuck his racket on an anvil and taken a hammer to it, he looked as if he would have done. One can only guess at his emotions as he later sat down to watch the footie. With Nadal he is one of only two men to beat Federer in the past 12 months - at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai - and must have fancied his chances of getting a long way into next week.

His press conference, unsurprisingly in the circumstances, was short and not so sweet. Nalbandian is not known for his loquaciousness even with Spanish-speaking journalists, and when faced with questions in English he makes a Trappist monk sound like Jonathan Ross.

Here's a brief transcript. Question: "You had a racket warning, you appeared to lose your temper a bit in the first set. What was going through your mind?"

Nalbandian: "Nothing."

Question: "Is it right, that you had the match moved so you could watch the football this afternoon?"

Nalbandian: "Yeah. And?"

Question: "No, I just wondered if that hampered your preparations at all?"

Nalbandian: "Oh, no."

Question: "Are you a big football fan?"

Nalbandian: "Yeah, normal."

Question: "You watch a lot of football?"

Nalbandian: "Normal."

And so it went on, or rather, didn't. Then Nalbandian stalked out to watch Argentina's quarter-final, and perhaps to reflect on his failure to reach the same stage here. It is the first time in four Wimbledon appearances he has failed to make the last 16. Last year he got to the last eight, having ended the thrilling run of Andy Murray, in five sets, in the third round.

Verdasco declared his win not quite the biggest of his career, for he defeated Andy Roddick in Miami last year. Whether there is a bigger one in store here or not, he will be watched all the way by Pristilla, his biggest fan. And her big fan.

Jenrios
07-01-2006, 03:33 PM
Moody Nalbandian finds back of net rather too often
By Katie Scott



DAVID NALBANDIAN put in a request with the tournament office to begin his match yesterday at midday in order to avoid a clash with the World Cup quarter-final between Germany and Argentina. It will no doubt have been a first for Andy Jarrett, in his maiden year as the Championships’ referee, but he found the generosity of spirit to grant the Argentinian’s wish. “David made it known that he would like to watch the football and, in this instance, we were able to accommodate him,” Jarrett said.
They might as well not have bothered. From the moment Nalbandian strolled on to No 13 Court to begin his third-round encounter with Fernando Verdasco, he looked like a man with his mind on the football. Two hours and 49 minutes later, the No 4 seed was on the wrong end of the biggest upset in the tournament so far, a 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 defeat.



The odds were stacked in the Argentinian’s favour. He reached the Wimbledon final on his debut in 2002 and, before this year, had never lost before the round of 16. Verdasco, on the other hand, had never been beyond the second round before his five-sets victory over B Becker (Benjamin, not Boris) that had kept him on court until 9.35pm on Wednesday.

An early indication of the sort of frustration Nalbandian, 24, was about to endure came when he created four break points in the opening game and failed to convert them. Verdasco, the No 28 seed from Spain, moves around the baseline with a fluidity that is typical of clay-court specialists, and his grooved, heavily-spun groundstrokes yielded little opportunity for Nalbandian to step up and take control of proceedings. Early approaches to the net from the Argentin ian became increasingly sporadic as he was forced to revert to baseline type. This was going to be a long, hard slog.

The first set was summed up when, at 6-5 down, Nalbandian slipped during a rally and ended up on his backside. Instead of picking himself up, he remained seated and proceeded to give the grass a severe beating with violent thrashes of his racket. He recovered to take the set to the tie-break, which, after having two set points, he eventually lost 11-9.

Another childlike tantrum ensued; Nalbandian picked up a warning for racket abuse and was also alleged to have directed some colourful language towards disapproving fans. It is behaviour such as this that has prevented him from becoming a true star of the game. He is the sort of player you would love to hate if only you could muster the enthusiasm.

Verdasco, 22, broke immediately in the second set. “If David loses the next set he will not fight, he wants to watch the football,” one Argentine journalist said. Unfortunately though, Verdasco, too, seemed unwilling to take the match by its horns and allowed Nalbandian to break back in the sixth game of the second set.

Just as interest was starting to wane, we were fortunate enough to be entertained by Priscila De Gustin, Verdasco’s girlfriend and a Spanish model, and Ava, his seven-year-old sister. They were quite a double act. Priscila tutted every time Verdasco hit a first serve into the net and fluttered her hand-held fan with increasing intensity, while Ava counted her English pennies and the bracelets on Priscila’s arm while they shared a packet of Mr Porky’s pork scratchings. This was not tennis at its most glamorous.

The second set headed, inevitably, for a tie-break. Nalbandian, again, let three set points slip through his fingers. Then, at 9-9, Verdasco found a flash of brilliance, executing a flying forehand volley to create set point and an overhead smash to clinch it.

The third passed by in a disgruntled flash and as the umpire called time, with Nalbandian trailing 5-2 in the third set, the Argentinian could hardly be bothered to haul himself from his chair. Verdasco, finding winners from both wings by now, created his first match point when Nalbandian hit a backhand wide and sealed the victory with a forehand winner down the line. Never was an upset so easy.

Jenrios
07-01-2006, 03:39 PM
Nalbandian outbattled
16:36pm 30th June 2006
David Nalbandian became the highest men's seed to exit Wimbledon with a 6-7 (9-11) 6-7 (9-11) 2-6 defeat by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The Argentinian fourth seed was dispatched in straight sets by 22-year-old Verdasco in a fiery clash on Court 13 which saw both players warned for racket abuse.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian paved the way for his own downfall by squandering 12 break points in first set alone and he had ample opportunity to take the second.

But Verdasco, the 28th seed, held his nerve in the tie-breaks and deserved to clinch the biggest win of his career, reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for only the second time.

Nalbandian raced out of the blocks by claiming four break points in the opening game but Verdasco found his range and saved his serve, before doing the same in the fifth.

The Argentinian - beaten finalist at the All England Club in 2002 - continued to waste chances to break, hitting another simple return into the net and he became increasingly agitated.

Verdasco finished the set strongly and forced a break point of his own in the 10th only to overhit and Nalbandian, who was forced to change rackets after damaging his in a bad-tempered outburst, was saved.

The required tie-break saw both players squander set points - Verdasco losing three in a row at one stage - but the Spaniard could not be denied when Nalbandian yet again hit the net at the crucial stage.

Verdasco seized early control of the second set, breaking Nalbandian in the first game with his powerful backhand doing the damage.

He could have done further damage with two break points in the fifth but Nalbandian regained his composure and began winning the exchanges.

The revival continued into the sixth when he broke back with a precise forehand which Verdasco failed to dispatch.

Play settled down with games going according to serve until the tie-break arrived, bringing with it a warning for Verdasco who smashed his racket into the ground.

Both failed to bury set point chances in another marathon tie-break which Verdasco clinched with a unstoppable smash after Nalbandian had struggled to return a perfect forehand.

A steady start was made to the third set until the Madrid-based Spaniard broke in the sixth game to give him sight of victory, which he completed with a devastating backhand in the eighth.

Sue
07-01-2006, 11:17 PM
Not sure if this has already been posted...sorry if it has- but I don't have time to read everything right now :


Friday, 30 June, 2006

Q. You must be very happy with that?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Very happy, yes (smiling).

Q. Where do you think you were better in the game? Where were you stronger?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't know. I think there was different games, you know. The first set, with my serve, I have a lot of problems to win easy. And, you know, for him, I think it will be very tough don't break me one serve, no, with 12 or 13 break balls.

And after I start to play well. I play well both tiebreaks, and on the third set, no? I think I play well all the match anyway.

Q. Is this the biggest win of your career so far?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No. I think is one more match and is a very big player, is No. 3 or 4 in the world. Is one of the biggest wins. But with Roddick in Miami the last year was very big win, too, you know. I have is not the best one. Is one of them, but not the best.

Q. Beating the fourth seed must build your confidence levels?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yeah. I feel I playing good, and I hope to play like this, keep play like this the next matches. This is what I want, no? I don't think in more things.

Q. Did you know David Nalbandian requested that the match be played as early possible in the day so he could watch the Argentina football.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yeah, I know. Is normal.

Q. Do you agree with that decision, to bring the game forward?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: 12 is not one hour, like you must wake up at, you know, at seven or six in the morning like if you play ten. I think is good hour to play, too.

Q. That third set finished very quickly. Do you think he lost heart and spirit in the third game?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't think so. No, I don't think so.

Q. You don't think that he wanted to watch the football, it affected his performance in the third set.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, I don't think so. I think is more important to win the match, the tennis match, than see the football.

Jenrios
07-02-2006, 08:56 PM
:wavey: thanks Jen


It's my pleasure to post them! isn't it great to have such wonderful things written about Fer?:)

freesbee
07-03-2006, 05:50 PM
Radek Steps Past Verdasco

Monday, 3 July, 2006

Czech player Radek Stepanek advanced to the last eight for the first time in his career with a hard fought 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against giant killer Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

Both men, seeded 14 and 28 respectively, started strongly in the first set. Neither gave the other an opportunity to break serve, and in time they had to be separated by a tie-break. Stepanek’s strategy centred on using his poweful serve to get himself positioned at the net but Verdasco’s better return of serve made the difference as he clinched the tie-break 7-4.

In the second set Stepanek was able to break Verdasco, even though the Spaniard’s first service percentage was an impressive 85 per cent, and after 79 minutes of play the match was level.

Verdasco strode to a 4-1 lead in the third set, but Stepanek’s first serve helped him pull even at 4-4. Verdasco regained his composure and moved ahead 5-4. A double-fault from Stepanek in the following game gave Verdasco the opening he needed to claim the set 6-4.

Verdasco continued to read the Stepanek serve and pass the Czech off both sides, finding the corners of the court with precision groundstrokes. But after going down a break early in the fourth set, Stepanek recovered and went on to break in the ninth game, ripping a ferocious backhand down the line to end the longest rally of the match.

Immediately after losing the long rally, and the game, Verdasco called the trainer to treat a foot injury that began to trouble him in the hot afternoon.

But with Stepanek serving for the set, the wounded Spaniard won three consecutive points to put pressure on the Czech. But Verdasco failed to convert and Stepanek took the set 6-4.

In the final set Verdasco’s head dropped and his high risk winners started to land outside the lines. Down 4-1 the Spaniard required another medical time for an Achilles problem. Stepanek sensed victory and closed out the set 6-4.

Written by Michael Burke-Velji

Carlita
07-05-2006, 09:02 PM
miércoles, 05 de julio de 2006, 20:28
http://www.huelvainformacion.es/huelvainformacion/img/c_pixel_azul.gifhttp://www.huelvainformacion.es/huelvainformacion/img/c_pixel_azul.gifJuega el partido inaugural ante Verdasco


David Ferrer llega a Huelva avalado por su excelente trayectoria en la hierba de Wimbledon, donde ha llegado a los octavos de final (fue eliminado el pasado lunes por el australiano Hewitt). No séra la primera presencia del jugador en Huelva, aunque no ha llegado a ganar la Copa del Rey. Ferrer será el encargado de disputar el partido inagural del torneo (mañana jueves, 20.00 horas) enfrentándose a Fernando Verdasco. Por el momento, los enfrentamientos entre ambos dentro de la ATP favorecen al valenciano por dos victorias a una. El primer duelo Ferrer-Verdasco tuvo lugar en los treintaidosavos de final en Chennai (India) en 2004 y sobre pista rápida, saliendo vencedor Ferrer por 1-6/7-5/6-0. El único triunfo del madrileño Verdasco se produjo en cuartos de final en Valencia en 2004 (6-2/6-3) sobre tierra batida. Por último, Ferrer y Verdasco se vieron las caras el año pasado en Barcelona, en primera ronda, con saldo favorable para el valenciano por 6-3/6-4, también sobre arcilla. Ahora, en Huelva, volverán a verse las caras.



so Fer and David open the Copa de Rey in Huelva.
VAMOS FER! :D

reiko
07-06-2006, 02:41 PM
Hola Chicas!

I don't read Spanish but - this article sounds as if you can watch COpa del Rey on your PC, doesn't it?
Sorry if I'm wrong or this was already posted..



http://www.nortecastilla.es/pg060706/prensa/noticias/Television/200607/06/VAL-TEL-232.html

Copa del Rey de tenis en directo en Televisión Castilla y León


Televisión Castilla y León ofrecerá en directo mañana y pasado, a partir de las 20.00 horas, las semifinales y la final de la Copa del Rey de Tenis, que se celebrarán en las instalaciones del Real Club Recreativo de Tenis de Huelva.

Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer y Feliciano López, entre otros tenistas españoles de primer nivel participarán en este torneo que alcanza su 81 edición y se presenta como uno de los más destacados y atractivos. Estos encuentros podrán seguirse a través de las 18 televisiones del grupo Televisión Castilla y León y desde su web www.tvcyl.es con la emisión en directo.

Carlita
07-06-2006, 02:52 PM
:wavey: hola Reiko :D


thanks for the link :) It looks like it doesn't it? It says: mañana y pasado, so tomorrow and the day after tomorrow from 20.00 :)

or today and tomorrow depending if that article is from yesterday or today :lol: I can't watch tonight... :awww: so I hope it's tomorrow and the day after :D

I'll be checking it out for sure!

dank je wel ;)

Carlita
07-07-2006, 06:14 AM
Okay, our Fer lost to David 6-7 (5) 1-6 Tonight the final with Ferrer and Coria (who beat Lopez)



David Ferrer y Guillermo Coria jugarán esta tarde la gran final
El valenciano superó a Fernando Verdasco en la primera semifinal por 7-6 (7-5) y 6-1; mientras que en la segunda el argentino se deshizo del toledano Feliciano López por un doble 6-3

http://www.huelvainformacion.es/huelvainformacion/imagenart.JPG?idart=3053870 J. ÁLVAREZ D. M./R. VILLALBA
@ Envíe esta noticia a un amigo (?subject=Un amigo te envía una noticia&body=Esta noticia puede ser de tu interés%0D%0A%0D%0Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehuelvainform acion%2Ees%2Fhuelvainformacion%2Farticulo%2Easp%3F idart%3D3053870%26idcat%3D241)

huelva. David Ferrer y Guillermo Coria jugarán esta tarde (20.15 horas) la gran final de la LXXXI edición de la Copa del Rey, que se celebra en las instalaciones del Real Club Recreativo de Tenis de Huelva. Ayer se cumplieron los pronósticos en las semifinales, por lo que el valenciano y el argentino disputarán una final inédita en el clásico torneo veraniego onubense.

Ferrer se impuso a Fernando Verdasco por 7-6 (7-5) y 6-1 en un partido que duró aproximadamente hora y media; mientras que Coria derrotó a Feliciano López por un doble 6-3 en algo más de sesenta minutos.

La ausencia de última hora de Rafael Nadal, que ayer mismo se clasificó para disputar las semifinales de Wimbledon ante el chipriota Marcos Baghdatis, restó público en las gradas. El tenista balear era, sin duda, la gran estrella del cartel del torneo de Huelva. Empresas e instituciones se habían volcado este año con la Copa del Rey y el enorme poder de convocatoria del manacorí auguraba que el aforo de 3.200 localidades se podría completar. Pero ayer se vieron muchas localidades vacías.

El partido entre Ferrer y Verdasco resultó competido durante su primer set. El madrileño rompió el servicio a su rival en el cuarto juego y se colocó con una ventaja apreciable (3-1), aunque el de Jávea, en el juego siguiente le devolvió la moneda a Verdasco dejándole a su adversario el servicio en blanco (3-2). Luego ambos tenistas fueron ganando su saque hasta que se llegó a la muerte súbita. En el tie break una doble falta de Ferrer permitía a Verdasco colocarse con una notable renta (4-1). Parecía que iba a cobrar ventaja. Pero el valenciano templó sus nervios y estuvo más acertado en los compases decisivos para adjudicarse la muerte súbita por 7-5, en 52 minutos de juego. El segundo set tuvo muy poca historia. Verdasco pareció resentirse de las molestias físicas que había arrastrado en su encuentro del pasado lunes en Londres ante el checo Radek Stepanek, que le obligaron a ser atendido por un fisioterapeuta, y opuso muy poca resistencia. Ferrer, en sólo 22 minutos, sumó su segundo set al romperle dos veces el servicio a su contrincante, con lo que accedió a la gran final de hoy, que será televisada por Teleonuba. El segundo encuentro de anoche resultó quizá más competido. En él se enfrentaron dos jugadores con estilos bien distintos. Por un lado Feliciano López, un tenista que basa su juego en el saque y la volea; por otro el argentino Coria, todo un especialista sobre la tierra batida. El suramericano fue de menos a más. Comenzó de forma tímida y quizá se acordó de la lesión en el hombro que le ha tenido apartado de las pistas sin poder disputar los dos últimos torneos del Grand Slam (Roland Garros y Wimbledon), pero poco a poco fue ganando movilidad y supo responder de forma espléndida a los 'cañonazos' del zurdo López. Gracias a su pericia en el resto y a su acierto con las dejadas venció en las dos mangas por idéntico marcador de 6-3 superando también a un público que animó mayoritariamente al español.

freesbee
07-12-2006, 07:44 PM
(from ATPtennis.com)


Verdasco, Kohlschreiber Win; Rain Blights Play

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/verdasco_gstaad.jpg
© Getty Images

Fernando Verdasco Third-seeded Fernando Verdasco managed to avoid the torrential rain that cut short Wednesday’s program for a place in the Allianz Suisse Open quarterfinals in Gstaad.

Verdasco continued his solid play of late by storming past Casablanca champion Daniele Bracciali 6-3, 6-1 in 52 minutes. The hard-hitting left-hander fired four aces and won 83 per cent of the points on his first serve while saving all three break points he faced.

The 22-year-old Spaniard, who won 12 of his last 17 matches, reached a career-high No. 24 in the INDESIT ATP Ranking this week after advancing to the fourth round of Wimbledon last week (l. to Stepanek).

Verdasco will now have a chance to avenge his three-set Las Vegas defeat against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.

Kohlschreiber was forced off court at one-set all in his second round clash against Czech wild card Jiri Novak.

Upon their return to Roy Emerson Arena, the German raced through the final set for a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 win in one hour and 52 minutes.

Kohlschreiber won 35 of 48 points on first serve, breaking Novak on four of nine occasions.

[...]

RogiFan88
07-20-2006, 08:47 PM
so what is Fer's next tourney? more clay or straight to TO? ;)

Sommarsverige
07-20-2006, 08:50 PM
He is supposed to play Kitzbuehel, so I really hope he will :worship:

RogiFan88
07-22-2006, 02:54 AM
For you lucky guys who get TTC [the tennis channel], here's a:

No Strings: Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco wants you to know he’s a regular guy. When he’s not traveling the world on the pro tennis tour, he’s either on vacation in Miami or at home in Madrid, Spain. He loves shopping, movies, music and hanging out with his family and friends. His family is very close – he and his parents, two sisters, cousins, uncles and grandfather all live within five minutes of each other.

In this episode of No Strings, Fernando Verdasco invites us to spend a typical day with him in his hometown of Madrid. We start the day at a practice session with best friend and Davis Cup teammate Feliciano Lopez. Then it’s off to a family style lunch with the players and coaches before getting a private tour of his bachelor pad. That night, after another training session, Fernando takes us out on the town for a bit of flamenco dancing at his family’s very own restaurant Café de Chinitas. It is this dedication to family life and professional tennis career that makes Fernando Verdasco a player to watch and a person you’ll want to get to know.
http://www.thetennischannel.com/programs/EpisodeDetail.aspx?id=2066

I want to see this!

Carlita
07-22-2006, 07:52 AM
me too :awww:

NADIA*
07-22-2006, 05:57 PM
me three :sad:
This sucks I wanne enjoy this too :ras:

Deboogle!.
07-23-2006, 12:22 AM
Well maybe today is your lucky day as I get TTC and I now have a DVR that can burn DVDs.

If you lovely ladies ask nicely maybe I can make a video file for you to download ;) :p

RogiFan88
07-23-2006, 01:52 AM
FlashDeb, now that w be very nice indeed. ;) [I saw part of Mr. C's match today! Hope he wins tomorrow!]

Deboogle!.
07-23-2006, 02:42 AM
Well I will definitely record it. I haven't quite figured out how to burn onto DVD yet, but I haven't tried yet either!! :lol: I will let you guys know if and when I can do it, though :)

[and i hope so too!]

gogo_guga
08-11-2006, 03:48 AM
Is Fernando's coach Feliciano Lopez' dad??

Xristos
08-11-2006, 05:28 AM
Not that I know...ask Carlita.

Carlita
08-11-2006, 06:34 AM
no he's not

Carlita
09-14-2006, 08:50 PM
Hola 13 September 2006

Carlita
12-24-2006, 01:51 PM
Tennis Plus :)

Spanish_Powaa
01-18-2007, 07:08 PM
Hi everyone...

Sorry for my bad english, but I have to tell you something.

First of all, Fernando will use Tecnifibre's rackets for 3 years additionnal.
The official website of the brand wants to develop the image of their players, for that, they have created blogs (in french for the moment), and they need you...
Vincent who works at the communication department counts on you all to help him to give a better image of Fernando ! :)

Vamos chicas y chicos... Everybody goes here : http://blogstecnifibre.typepad.com/ :p

Thanks,
Audrey

SloKid
04-13-2007, 02:01 PM
Found this in a thread on wtaw, not really much on Fernando, just an interesting quote from Jon Wertheim's mailbag and he briefly mentions Nando :lol:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/04/11/mailbag/2.html

Please tell me that you are following the debacle that is Marion Bartoli's '07 season? She was in tears last week after her loss. She has been bageled many times this year by much lower ranked opponents. For real, Jon, what is going on? The Bartoli-ites are in pain seeing her underperform this season.
-- Charlie G, Washington, D.C.

Quick story: I'm sleeping at the Miami Marriott during the Sony Ericsson two weeks ago, and at 2 a.m. I'm awoken by this announcement: "This is not a drill. Leave your room immediately." Still 90 percent asleep, I grab my laptop and run down 20 flights of stairs, where I am ushered out of the hotel. I assume there is a fire, but oddly enough, there are no fire trucks, only cop cars. On the street, the first people I see are Bartoli and her coach/father, walking briskly while having an, um, animated conversation in French. Not 10 feet ahead of them, Fernando Verdasco is walking with his father, though they are not fighting. Yes, this is more surreal than any dream I've ever had.

Carlita
04-13-2007, 02:14 PM
:lol:

Jenrios
04-13-2007, 08:20 PM
Fer and his father out on the town at 2am, eh?:)

enqvistfan
06-26-2007, 08:18 PM
While i was surfing on marca website :)

EL MADRILEÑO NO QUIERE MARCARSE METAS DE CARA A SU PAPEL EN WIMBLEDON

Verdasco: "Llego en el mejor momento de forma de la temporada"

DAVID MENAYO
Fernando Verdasco apela al buen papel que hizo el año pasado en Wimbledon, donde llegó a octavos de fnal, para albergar esperanzas de cara a esta edición. Sin embargo, no quiere marcarse plazos ni metas en un futuro, sino encontrarse tan a gusto como lo ha hecho en Roland Garros hace unas semanas y mantener el nivel de tenis que exhibió entonces. Antes de volar hacia Londres, Fernando tuvo unos minutos para charlar con Marca.com.

¿En qué momento de forma llegas a Wimbledon?

En el mejor momento de toda la temporada. Al comienzo me encontrab físicamente muy fuerte, quizá más que ahora, pero estaba falto de ritmo y técnicamente peor que ahora. Tras Roland Garros, donde hice un buen torneo, he vuelto a coger confianza, después del partido contra David Ferrer, que fue el más duro. He tenido que superar una lesión que me produje en Valencia, que se me agravó en Montecarlo, que me impidió estar en el Godó, por la que fui justito a Roma y que me hizo afrontar Hamburgo con dudas. Arrastré seis derrotas seguidas y por eso Roland Garros ha sido tan importante. Conseguí enlazar tres partidos seguidos, el de Tursunov y Ferrer haciendo un buen tenis y ahora afronto Wimbledon con confianza. Esperemos que en Londres me encuentre igual de bien que en París y haga un buen resultado.

¿Es tanta la diferencia entre la hierba y el resto de superficies?

Bastante. La pelota bota bastante a no ser que se juegue en euna superficie rápida como la moqueta que tuvimos en Copa Davis ante Suiza, Bielorrusia... todas las demás rápidas, puedes jugar la bola desde fondo porque suelen ser mixtas. En hierba la pelota bota muy poco y hay que acostumbrarse, es algo diferente. Es muy importante el periodo de adaptación, aunque no tengamos mucho tiempo para ello pero también no es el mimsmo desgate físico porque no se pasan tantas bolas. Poco a poco y año a año, los españoles nos vamos adaptando mejor a la hierba. Rafa hizo final el año pasado en Wimbledon, Ferrer y yo octavos... Esperemos que este año sea incluso mejor que el año pasado.

El objetivo en Wimbledon, ¿mínimo cuartos de final?

Ojalá. Ponerte una ronda tampoco es bueno, te metes un extra de presión porque si no lo consigues es como si hubieras fracasado y tampoco es así. Lo más importante es jugar bien, cosas que dependen de tí mismo como luchar hasta la muerte y luego ver si llegas a tercera ronda, a octavos, a cuartos... Te puede tocar un jugador que juegue mejor que tú y te gane. Lo importante es hacerlo bien.

¿Cuáles son tus objetivos hasta final de temporada?

Seguir jugando al nivel que lo he hecho en Roland Garros el máximo de semanas posible. Ese nivel me va a llevar a ganar partidos seguro y a medida que gane partidos, tendré más confianza. Tampoco hay que obsesionarse con el ranking. Está claro que me gustaría estar entre los 20 mejores. Ahora estoy en el puesto 36 y mi mejor ranking ha sido el 24 tras el Wimbledon del año pasado. Terminar entre los 20 mejores sería una satisfación increíble pero tampoco me voy a obsesionar ni presionar con ello. Si juego bien, que es mi intención, seguro que mejoro en el ranking.
En el mejor momento de toda la temporada. Al comienzo me encontrab físicamente muy fuerte, quizá más que ahora, pero estaba falto de ritmo y técnicamente peor que ahora. Tras Roland Garros, donde hice un buen torneo, he vuelto a coger confianza, después del partido contra David Ferrer, que fue el más duro. He tenido que superar una lesión que me produje en Valencia, que se me agravó en Montecarlo, que me impidió estar en el Godó, por la que fui justito a Roma y que me hizo afrontar Hamburgo con dudas. Arrastré seis derrotas seguidas y por eso Roland Garros ha sido tan importante. Conseguí enlazar tres partidos seguidos, el de Tursunov y Ferrer haciendo un buen tenis y ahora afronto Wimbledon con confianza. Esperemos que en Londres me encuentre igual de bien que en París y haga un buen resultado.

¿Es tanta la diferencia entre la hierba y el resto de superficies?

Bastante. La pelota bota bastante a no ser que se juegue en euna superficie rápida como la moqueta que tuvimos en Copa Davis ante Suiza, Bielorrusia... todas las demás rápidas, puedes jugar la bola desde fondo porque suelen ser mixtas. En hierba la pelota bota muy poco y hay que acostumbrarse, es algo diferente. Es muy importante el periodo de adaptación, aunque no tengamos mucho tiempo para ello pero también no es el mimsmo desgate físico porque no se pasan tantas bolas. Poco a poco y año a año, los españoles nos vamos adaptando mejor a la hierba. Rafa hizo final el año pasado en Wimbledon, Ferrer y yo octavos... Esperemos que este año sea incluso mejor que el año pasado.

El objetivo en Wimbledon, ¿mínimo cuartos de final?

Ojalá. Ponerte una ronda tampoco es bueno, te metes un extra de presión porque si no lo consigues es como si hubieras fracasado y tampoco es así. Lo más importante es jugar bien, cosas que dependen de tí mismo como luchar hasta la muerte y luego ver si llegas a tercera ronda, a octavos, a cuartos... Te puede tocar un jugador que juegue mejor que tú y te gane. Lo importante es hacerlo bien.

¿Cuáles son tus objetivos hasta final de temporada?

Seguir jugando al nivel que lo he hecho en Roland Garros el máximo de semanas posible. Ese nivel me va a llevar a ganar partidos seguro y a medida que gane partidos, tendré más confianza. Tampoco hay que obsesionarse con el ranking. Está claro que me gustaría estar entre los 20 mejores. Ahora estoy en el puesto 36 y mi mejor ranking ha sido el 24 tras el Wimbledon del año pasado. Terminar entre los 20 mejores sería una satisfación increíble pero tampoco me voy a obsesionar ni presionar con ello. Si juego bien, que es mi intención, seguro que mejoro en el ranking.

jumi
07-20-2007, 11:47 AM
because it certainly is not jose clavet, as the atp website suggests..

jumi
07-20-2007, 11:56 AM
oh, and hi everybody btw:)!

freesbee
07-20-2007, 01:09 PM
He hasn't got a coach at the moment.

Welcome Jumi :)

Sean.J.S.
07-20-2007, 01:15 PM
Welcome. :wavey:

carlota07
07-20-2007, 01:50 PM
He hasn't got a coach but a trainer, he is Vicente Calvo ;)

jumi
07-20-2007, 06:38 PM
so this guy in fernando's box today was his trainer..? a little bit longer blonde hair, dressed in an adidas outfit - blue shirt with white stripes..? Because they kept showing him in the TV and I thought that maybe he's got a new coach.. btw, when did he split w/clavet..?i thought that it was a good match-up..:confused:

Sommarsverige
07-20-2007, 07:58 PM
Thank you so much for the name, Carlota :hug:
We have been wondering and wondering.... ;)

I think Fer and Pepo split up after last season, but I am sure Carlita knows it to 100%.

carlota07
07-20-2007, 09:21 PM
You're welcome! ;)

Jumi, yes, the guy in fernando's box today was his trainer :)
Vicente, very nice man :worship:

jumi
07-21-2007, 12:31 PM
ok, thank u so much:)

Jenrios
07-21-2007, 04:40 PM
Welcome Jumi :wavey:

carlota07
07-21-2007, 06:30 PM
ok, thank u so much:)

You're welcome :)

RogiFan88
08-02-2007, 05:35 PM
still no coach, eh? well, actually Fer's doing not so badly these days!

Carlita
08-09-2007, 05:17 PM
Okay, investigation completed :lol:

so yesterday they, during Fer's match they showed Ricardo Sanchez and put; Verdasco's coach under his name. He's not his coach....Fer is still without a coach.

So now we know :)

Carlita
08-28-2007, 07:14 AM
Verdasco Prevails in Dramatic Win

By Clair Maciel
Monday, August 27, 2007

Fernando Verdasco of Spain weathered quite a test in his first-round match against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu. After finding himself down two sets to none, Verdasco dug deep to turn the match around and pull out a 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win and advance to the second round.

In his next match-up, unseeded Verdasco will face another Frenchman, Gilles Simon, who advanced when Alexander Waske retired from his first-round match Monday.

The match between Verdasco and Mathieu was a hard-fought baseline battle in which both players ripped heavy groundstrokes on nearly every point. Verdasco committed a crippling number of unforced errors throughout the first two sets, while Mathieu had an easy time finding the court for winners.

By the end of two sets, that momentum—as well as the crowd—began to swing in Verdasco’s favor, and it was Mathieu who was spraying shots outside the lines. His frustration with both himself and a few close line calls caused Mathieu to lose his temper, throw his racket against the back fence and later slam his racket on the ground.

Verdasco was ahead by as much as 5-1 in the third set before Mathieu pushed it to 5-4, forcing the lefty Spaniard to serve out the set. Then after four breaks of serve, Verdasco took the fourth set on Mathieu’s serve to even the match.
A revitalized Verdasco came out firing at the start of the fifth, jumping to a 4-1 lead and taking advantage of Mathieu’s increasing number of errors. The most dramatic game, however, came with Verdasco serving for the match at 5-3. Verdasco had match point at 40-15, but Mathieu fought it off, along with four more, before Verdasco unloaded two consecutive forehand down-the-line winners to take the match.

Verdasco’s quarter of the draw includes top-seed Roger Federer, as well as big servers Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Ivo Karlovic and John Isner.

:unsure: I don't think I would have survived being there :scared:

Carlita
10-09-2007, 05:32 PM
:inlove: :hearts: :inlove: thanks Brooke for the alert! :lol:

PLAYER NEWS


October 9, 2007
Verdasco to Feature in Breast Cancer Benefit Concerts © ATP
http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/180x250/verdasco_breastcancer.jpg Fernando Verdasco will take part in an international Hard Rock Cafes concert campaign to raise awareness about the disease and raise money for Breast Cancer across Spain on Thursday, October 18 – World Breast Cancer Day.
The 'Rocktober' campaign, which promotes the Asociación Española Contra el Cancer (AECC), will feature Spanish bands performing at three simultaneous concerts in Madrid, Barcelona and Gran Canaria, the third largest island of the Canary Islands. The concert will also be broadcast on the giant screen in the Plaza Colon de Madrid.
The 23-year-old Verdasco, who is hoping to be one of the hosts at the Madrid concert, said: "I think it is great to have such a big initiative and have the support of so many artists. The disease affects all of us affects after all!"
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today – after lung cancer – and is the most common cancer among women. Breast cancer also affects fewer than one in 100 men.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year worldwide and over 500,000 will die from the disease.
- Copyright © ATP Tour, Inc. 2007

Jenrios
10-10-2007, 07:04 PM
ah, the story behind the av:) thanks!

Carlita
12-10-2007, 05:27 PM
Fer's finally got a new coach! His name is Juan Luis Tati Rascon. He's a former tennis pro from Spain. Not much info on him on the atp site.....just this: profile (http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=R240)

Good luck to both and let's hope it will they will have lots of success (and fun) together! :yeah:

Xristos
12-10-2007, 06:15 PM
Good luck.

Sommarsverige
12-10-2007, 08:23 PM
Good news :)

I don´t know this guy, but I think (and hope) Fer and him will have a successful time together :yeah:

Carlita
12-10-2007, 09:21 PM
some more info
here (http://www.tenispain.com/tenispain/player/index.php?id=214&pg=)

(http://images.google.nl/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tenispain.es/BDFotos/fotos/album/rascon/f06696_f.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tenispain.es/tenispain/player/index.php%3Fid%3D214%26pg%3D&h=218&w=161&sz=8&hl=nl&start=10&um=1&tbnid=svc-48D3X_sSGM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=79&prev=/images%3Fq%3Djuan%2Bluis%2Btati%2Brascon%26svnum%3 D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dnl%26sa%3DN)

NicoFan
12-10-2007, 10:36 PM
:sad:

I wanted him to choose Gaby Markus... :sad:

Carlita
12-11-2007, 06:36 AM
:sad:

I wanted him to choose Gaby Markus... :sad::hug:

but Tati is from Madrid......maybe that's also a reason :shrug:

NicoFan
12-11-2007, 08:09 PM
Could be... :shrug:

Gaby is sooo cute. :hug: :sad:

reiko
12-14-2007, 01:32 PM
Fer's finally got a new coach! His name is Juan Luis Tati Rascon. He's a former tennis pro from Spain. Not much info on him on the atp site.....just this: profile (http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=R240)

Good luck to both and let's hope it will they will have lots of success (and fun) together! :yeah:

Hey, that's cool! I remember seeing that Rascon guy in Madrid qualy (2003) - the one and only Spanish serve-and-volleyer. Also was a hitting partner of Carlos Moya at Wimbledon a few years back.

Anyway, thanks for the good news, Sjoukje. Hope something big will come next year - at last...! :)

Jenrios
12-17-2007, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the new info! 2008 could be an exciting year for Fer!

NicoFan
12-18-2007, 11:09 PM
Not sure which thread to put this in, maybe y'all already know.

But looks like Fer is going to play in the LA swing this year - he's on the entry list for Vina. :yeah:

Yeay clay!!! :woohoo:

RogiFan88
12-19-2007, 03:12 PM
Wishing Fer all the best for the new year 2008!!! I want him to win a title or two or more!

Jenrios
12-22-2007, 02:46 PM
oh, Vina! Have to make it there one day!

NicoFan
12-22-2007, 07:49 PM
I want to go to Vina someday too! :yeah:

Carlita
03-12-2008, 07:34 PM
www.atptennis.com

Verdasco Meets Countrymen, Watches Lakers Win © Getty Images
http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/verdasco_calderon.jpgSpaniard Fernando Verdasco spent Tuesday in Los Angeles conducting media interviews to promote the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, then he watched three countrymen perform between the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors at STAPLES Center.
Verdasco met with U.S. Hispanic media within the Los Angeles area, including Hoy newspaper, the second largest daily Hispanic newspaper in Los Angeles. He also was interviewed by Pasajero Magazine, the in-flight publication for Aeropostal, with distribution in Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, the Caribbean and Miami. On Wednesday morning, Verdasco was a guest on Telemundo's national sports TV program, "Titulares y Mas," with an interview by TV personality El Gordo Joel.

Verdasco watched countryman Pau Gasol, the Lakers' forward-center, score 12 points, grab seven rebounds and dish out five assists in leading the home team to a 117-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol was obtained last month by the Lakers in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and they have a 15-3 record with him in the line-up.
Verdasco also met countrymen Jose Calderon (pictured) and Jorge Garbajosa of the Raptors. Post-game the Madrid native was invited behind the scenes to meet with the players who chatted about life on the road, their friends in common, and the city of Los Angeles. Verdasco also had a chance to meet Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who surprisingly spoke fluent Spanish and wished him best of luck for the Pacific Life Open.

Jenrios
03-12-2008, 08:51 PM
Mmmmmmm!

Carlita
03-12-2008, 08:53 PM
he cut his hair before going to Dubai... I miss some curly bits :lol: but he's still :inlove:

RogiFan88
03-13-2008, 03:32 AM
March 12 , 2008
Verdasco Meets Countrymen, Watches Lakers Win
© ATP

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/verdasco_bryant.jpg

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco spent Tuesday in Los Angeles conducting media interviews to promote the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, then he watched three countrymen perform between the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors at STAPLES Center.

Verdasco met with U.S. Hispanic media within the Los Angeles area, including Hoy newspaper, the second largest daily Hispanic newspaper in Los Angeles. He also was interviewed by Pasajero Magazine, the in-flight publication for Aeropostal, with distribution in Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, the Caribbean and Miami. On Wednesday morning, Verdasco was a guest on Telemundo's national sports TV program, "Titulares y Mas," with an interview by TV personality El Gordo Joel.

Verdasco watched countryman Pau Gasol, the Lakers' forward-center, score 12 points, grab seven rebounds and dish out five assists in leading the home team to a 117-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol was obtained last month by the Lakers in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and they have a 15-3 record with him in the line-up.

Verdasco also met countrymen Jose Calderon and Jorge Garbajosa of the Raptors. Post-game the Madrid native was invited behind the scenes to meet with the players who chatted about life on the road, their friends in common, and the city of Los Angeles. Verdasco also had a chance to meet Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant (pictured), who surprisingly spoke fluent Spanish and wished him best of luck for the Pacific Life Open.


Visit the Official Pacific Life Open web site

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/verdasco_lakers.asp

RogiFan88
03-13-2008, 03:37 AM
en espanol con video:

Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells CA, EE.UU.
Marzo 12, 2008
Verdasco se reúne con Pau Gasol y Kobe Bryant
http://www.atptennis.com/es/graphics/photos08/180x250/verdasco_gasol2.jpg
© ATP
El español Fernando Verdasco asistió este martes al partido de la fase regular de la NBA entre Los Ángeles Lakers y Toronto Raptors, en el Staples Center, y aprovechó de compartir con los basquetolistas españoles que militan en ambos equipos.

El zurdo Verdasco, No. 30 en el ATP Ránking South African Airways, disfrutó del encuentro y tras el se reunió con la gran estrella del basquet hispano y centro ofensivo de los Lakers, Pau Gasol, además de Jorge Garbajosa y José Calderón, quienes militan en la escuadra canadiense.

En el encuentro, comentaron de sus vidas en ambas actividades deportivas, de los amigos que tienen en común y de la gran ciudad que es Los Ángeles.

El madrileño ha tenido además la posibilidad de compartir con el legendario escolta de los Lakers, Kobe Bryant, quien lo sorprendió hablando un fluido español. Kobe le deseó suerte al zurdo en el Pacific Life Open que comienza esta semana en Indian Wells.

Verdasco, de 25 años, tuvo una agitada jornada en Los Ángeles, donde dio entrevistas al periódico Hoy de Los Ángeles, el segundo más importante de habla hispana de la zona, y para la revista Pasajero de la línea aérea venezolana. También estuvo en el programa de deportes "Titulares y Más" de Telemundo, entrevistado por el personaje televisivo El Gordo Joel.

CLICK link below to watch the video:
http://www.atptennis.com/1/es/newsandscores/news/2008/verdasco_nba.asp

Sommarsverige
04-28-2008, 03:14 PM
I found some nice interview with Fer on David F´s homepage :)

Thought it would be nice to have it here in Fers thread as well ;)

EL MADRILEÑO SUEÑA CON GANAR ROLAND GARROS O WIMBLEDON ALGÚN DÍA
Verdasco: “Si algún día soy número uno, seré la persona más feliz del mundo”

Fernando Verdasco tiene 24 años y es uno de los baluartes del tenis español. En estos momentos ocupa el puesto 29 del ranking, aunque su intención es seguir escalando posiciones. Ahora se encuentra en Barcelona, donde disputa el torneo Conde de Godó... Minutos antes de su debut en la Ciudad Condal, el madrileño hizo un hueco para atender la llamada de ‘Tie-Break’, el programa de tenis de RadioMARCA...

¿Es una ventaja o una desventaja lo de ser zurdo en este deporte?
Dicen que tenemos un poco de ventaja por el tema de los efectos y porque los diestros, que son más, están menos acostumbrados a jugar con nosotros, pero tampoco creo que sea una gran diferencia.

¿En qué momento de forma te encuentras, Fernando?
Acabamos de pasar de jugar en superficies rápidas a la tierra batida hace un par de semanas y siempre cuesta un poco adaptarte al cambio. Además los que jugamos Copa Davis en Alemania hemos tenido poco tiempo de preparación para poder preparar los torneos, pero me encuentro bien, con ganas y esperando hacerlo bien en el Godó.

Tu mejor resultado hasta la fecha son esos cuartos de final en Valencia. Tuviste entre las cuerdas a Ferrer y se te escapó vivo...
Sí. Fue un día complicado para todos porque hizo mucho viento. El partido tuvo muchas alternativas y al final me terminó ganando él. Pero el nivel de juego que di fue muy bueno y espero jugar igual de bien ahora en Barcelona.

Tras el tropiezo de Montecarlo, ahora juegas en el Godó. Debutas ante Nicolás Lapentti. No sé si miras más allá de esa primera ronda...
Siempre hay que ir paso a paso, ronda a ronda, aunque sí que me gustaría jugar con Ferrer en tercera ronda o luego con Robredo, que también va por mi parte del cuadro. A día de hoy me tengo que centrar en el primer partido y luego, cuantos más partidos juegue mejor.

Jugar en España tiene que ser un placer. Miras a la grada y te encuentras algún amigo seguro...
Siempre es más especial tener a tu gente alrededor, Jugar en tu país te supone un aliciente extra, aunque también a veces te mete un poco más de presión. La clave está en compensar esto.

Estás metido entre los 30 mejores del ranking, ¿te has marcado una meta de aquí a final de año?
Ponerte un ranking fijo es muy complicado a día de hoy por el nivel parejo de tenis que hay en estos momentos. Lo más importante es intentar estar cuantas más semanas al 100% mejor. Para mí, cuanto más arriba a cabe mejor. El 2007 es el primer año que he acabado entre los 30 mejores y este 2008 espero acabar entre los 20 primeros mejor, aunque tampoco me quiero meter una presión extra con eso. Lo importante es ir mejorando, encontrarte bien contigo mismo y ser feliz.

También excepcional temporada la que estás haciendo con el equipo de Copa Davis. Te has asentado con ‘Feli’ en la disciplina de dobles. Hacéis buena pareja...
(se ríe) Llevamos muchos años jugando juntos y la experiencia de ir jugando eliminatorias te va dando más confianza y todo va saliendo mejor. Estamos contentos por el hecho de darle ese punto a España que tanto buscaba en los últimos años. También tenemos que darle las gracias a Emilio que confía en nosotros, nos apoya y nos motiva.

Por cierto, ¿podemos soñar con ganar a Estados Unidos y jugar la final de la Davis?
Yo creo que sí. Tenemos confianza en poder sacar adelante la eliminatoria, aunque será dura. Ellos tienen al mejor dobles del mundo, a los hermanos Bryan, y luego tienen a Roddick y a Blake, que son dos ‘Top Ten’... Pero jugando en casa después de cuatro años, tenemos muchas ganas de ofrecer a la afición un triunfo y meternos una vez más en una final de la Copa Davis.

En caso de llegar a esa final, ¿qué prefieres? ¿viajar a Buenos Aires o a Moscú?
Buenos Aires. Sé que ninguno nos pondrían a jugar sobre tierra batida y para jugar en pista rápida prefiero a los argentinos que a los rusos.

Hablando de selección, tienes serias opciones para disputar los Juegos Olímpicos el próximo verano. Una cita especial, ¿eh?
El hecho de poder disputar unos Juegos Olímpicos, que serían los primeros de mi vida, me hace una ilusión increíble. Sería una experiencia única e inolvidable.

¿Has soñado ya con colgarte la medalla de al cuello?
No, la verdad es que no. He soñado más veces con ganar Roland Garros o Wimbledon que con la medalla de oro de unos Juegos, pero tampoco estaría nada mal. Ahora mismo no me lo imagino. Hay que ir partido a partido, torneo a torneo y ver si puedo estar en esos Juegos y si lo logro, hacerlo lo mejor posible.

Lo que está claro, Fernando, es que el tenis español pasa por un buen momento., Es rara la semana que no hablamos de una victoria o buena actuación de algún español en algún torneo ATP, challenger o future...
No nos podemos quejar del nivel de nuestro país en el tenis. Ni ahora mismo y años atrás. Ahora tenemos un nivel increíble con jugadores como Rafa, Ferrer, Robredo, Ferrero, Moyá... Hay tan buenos jugadores que en el momento de tener que elegir un equipo se hace difícil escoger para cualquiera. Espero que en el futuro siga siendo igual o más de fuerte.

Quizá nos falte volver a subir a ese último escalón. ¿Veremos a un español como número uno dentro de poco?
Moyá y Ferrero ya lo han conseguido. Ahora falta Rafa, que lo está razonado y lo terminará consiguiendo. Con los puntos que él tiene, en cualquier otra época a lo hubiera conseguido. Tiene mala suerte de haber topado con Federer, que es de otra galaxia, y que por ahora no le deja tocar el número uno del mundo. Pero aún sin ser el número uno del mundo, por las cosas que está haciendo, podría ser el mejor tenista español de todos los tiempos. Rafa lo conseguirá y si después de él vienen otros, mejor para el tenis español.

Si después de Nadal, viene Fernando Verdasco...
¡Cómo va a estar mal eso! Ahora es un camino impensable porque estando el 29 del mundo, sería un reto irreal, como pensar que voy a ir a la Luna. Tengo que mejorar poco a poco, meterme entre los 20 mejores, luego entre los 15, luego entre los 10... Si algún día soy el número uno seré la persona más feliz del mundo.

Para terminar la entrevista, te someteremos a un pequeño test...
Si no fueras tenista, sería... Futbolista.
Una manía que nos puedas confesar... Me suelo duchar en la misma ducha durante un torneo.
Tu ídolo en el mundo de la raqueta ha sido o es... De pequeño McEnroe, luego Agassi y hoy Federer y Nadal.
Tu mejor amigo dentro del circuito es... Feliciano López.
Un lugar del mundo que nos puedas recomendar... Miami, Los Ángeles, Nueva York, París... hay ciudades que son increíbles.
Tu grupo de música preferido es... Leona Lewis.
Como buen madridista, ¿qué jugador ficharías para el club blanco? A Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pues nosotros no quedamos con tu fichaje y tu presencia en este rato de buen tenis... Ha sido un placer Fernando.

Jenrios
04-28-2008, 07:55 PM
Thanks Birte - hope you don't mind, I machine translated it -

THE FROM MADRID ONE DREAMS OF WINNING ROLAND GARROS OR WIMBLEDON SOME DAY
Verdasco: “If some day I am number one, I will be the happiest person in the world”

Fernando Verdasco is 24 years old and it is one of the ramparts of the Spanish tennis. In these moments squatter the position 29 of the ranking, although their intention is to continue climbing positions. Now it is in Barcelona, where it disputes the tournament Count of Godó... Minutes before their premiere in the Count City, the from Madrid one made a hole to assist the call of ‘Tie-Break ', the program of tennis of RadioMARCA...

Is it an advantage or a disadvantage that of being left-handed in this sport?
They say that we have some advantage for the topic of the effects and because the skillful ones that are more, they are less accustomed to play with us, but neither I believe that it is a great difference.

In what form moment are you, Fernando?
We have just passed of playing a couple of weeks ago in quick surfaces to the clay and he/she always costs a little to adapt to the change. Also those that we play Glass Davis in Germany have had little time of preparation to be able to prepare the tournaments, but I am well, with desires and hoping to make it well in the Godó.

Your best result so far is those rooms of final in Valencia. You had among the strings to Ferrer and you were escaped I live...
Yes. It was a complicated day for all because he/she made a lot of wind. The party had many alternatives and at the end it finished me winning him. But the game level that I gave was very good and I hope to play similar of very now in Barcelona.

After the trip of Montecarlo, now you play in the Godó. You debut before Nicolás Lapentti. I don't know if you look beyond that first beat...
It is always necessary to go step to step, it is about to beat, although yes that I would like to play with Ferrer in third beat or then with Robredo that also goes for my part of the square. To day of today I have to center myself in the first party and then, how many more parties play better.

To play in Spain has to be a pleasure. Aims to the tier and you are some sure friend...
It is always more special to have your people surrounding, to Play in your country supposes you an extra incentive, although he/she also enters sometimes a little more than pressure. The key is in compensating this.

Are you put among the 30 more good of the ranking, have you marked yourself a goal of here to final of year?
To put on a fixed ranking is very complicated to day of today for the even level of tennis that there are in these moments. The most important thing is to try better to be how many more weeks to 100%. For me, the more up to it fits better. The 2007 are the first year that I have ended up among the 30 better and this 2008 hope to end up among the 20 first better, although neither I want to enter an extra pressure with that. The important thing is to go improving, to be well with yourself and to be happy.

Also exceptional season the one that you are making with the team of Glass Davis. You have settled with ‘Feli ' in the discipline of double. You make good couple...
(he/she laughs) we Take many years playing together and the experience of going playing eliminatory he/she goes you giving more trust and everything goes leaving better. We are happy for the fact of giving that point to Spain that point looked for in the last years. We also have to give him those thanks to Emilio that trusts us, it supports us and it motivates us.

By the way, can we dream of to win United States and to play the final of the Davis?
I believe that yes. We trust to be able to take out the preliminary round ahead, although it will be hard. They have to the best double in the world, to the siblings Bryan, and then they have Roddick and Blake that are two ‘Top you Have '... But playing at home after four years, we want many to offer to the liking a victory and to enter once again in a final of the Glass Davis.

In the event of arriving at that end, what do you prefer? to travel to Buenos Aires or Moscow?
Buenos Aires. I know that none would put us to play on clay and to play in quick hint I prefer the Argentineans that to the Russian.

Speaking of selection, you have serious options to dispute the Olympic Games next summer. A special appointment, hey?
The fact of being able to dispute some Olympic Games that would be the first of my life, makes me an incredible illusion. It would be an unique and unforgettable experience.

Have you already dreamt of hanging you the medal of to the neck?
No, the truth is that nr. have dreamt more times of winning Roland Garros or Wimbledon that with the medal of gold of some Games, but neither anything would be bad. Right now I don't imagine it. It is necessary to go party to party, tournament to tournament and to see if I can be in those Games and if I achieve it, to make it the best thing possible.

What is clear, Fernando, is that the Spanish tennis goes by a good moment., it is strange the week that we don't speak of a victory or good performance of some Spanish in some tournament ATP, challenger or future...
We cannot complain about the level of our country in the tennis. Neither right now and years behind. Now we have an incredible level with players like Rafa, Ferrer, Robredo, Ferrero, Moyá... there are so good players that it becomes difficult to choose for anyone in the moment to have to choose a team. I hope in the future it continues being same or more than strong.

Maybe lack us ascend to that last step again. Will we see to a Spanish as number one inside a little?
Moyá and Ferrero have already gotten it. Now lack Rafa that is reasoned him and it will finish it getting. With the points that he has, in any other time to it had gotten it. He/she has bad luck of having collided with Federer that is of another galaxy, and that for the time being it doesn't allow him to play the number one of the world. But still without being the number one of the world, for the things that he/she is making, he/she could be the best Spanish tennis player in all the times. Rafa will get it and if after him they come other, better for the Spanish tennis.

If after Nadal, Fernando comes Verdasco...
How that will be bad! Now it is an unthinkable road because the 29 of the world being, it would be an unreal challenge, as thinking that I will go to the Moon. I have to improve little by little, to enter among the 20 better, then among the 15, then among the 10... If some day I am the number one I will be the happiest person in the world.

To finish the interview, we will subject you to a small test...
If you were not tennis player, it would be... Footballer.
A mania that you can admit us... I usually take a shower in the same shower during a tournament.
Your idol in the world of the racket has been or it is... Of small McEnroe, then Agassi and today Federer and Nadal.
Your best friend inside the circuit is... Feliciano López.
A place of the world that you can recommend us... Miami, The Ángel, New York, Paris... there are cities that are incredible.
Your favorite music group is... Lioness Lewis.
As good madridista, what player would you register for the white club? To Christian Ronaldo.

Because we are not with your fichaje and your presence in this while of good tennis... it has been a pleasure Fernando.

asienkap
06-13-2008, 05:29 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/multimedia/default_video.asp?videoid=541

:D

Jelena
06-21-2008, 10:37 PM
:wavey: Is it allowed to post here in the forum from time to time without being called a bandwagoner? :unsure:

In a German magazine for learners of Spanish language (that's why edited in Spanish) there was a little article about Nando. I will post the Spanish original (with one sentence in German) and my self-made English translation of it.

Fernando Verdasco es un nuevo talento del tenis español

Die spanischen Tennisspieler zählen zu den besten der Welt. Einer von ihnen ist Fernando Verdasco.

El tenista madrileño Fernando Verdasco, 24 años, es uno de los mejores tenistas del mundo. Verdasco es un tenista que apuesta por la superación, la dedicación y el buen juego para conseguir el mejor rendimiento en las competiciones de élite.
A pesar de ser zurdo, su mejor golpe es la derecha, y asi lo demostró, en el mes de abril, cuando ganó uno partido contra el Aleman Michael Berrer en la eliminatoria de la Copa Davis, que se celebró en Bremen.

Verdasco comenzó a jugar al tenis muy pequeño, a los ocho años empezó a entrenar a tiempo completo con un preparador, y a los 15 consiguió entrar en el ranking de la ATP (Asociación de Tenistas Profesionales). Sus padres, que regentan un restaurante en Madrid, siempre apoyaron a su hijo. Incluso construyeron dos pistas de tenis al lado de su casa, para que el joven Verdasco pudiera seguir con sus entrenamientos a diario. Sus aficiones desde muy pequeño se han limitado casi exclusivamente a la pista de tenis, y a seguir los partidos de su equipo de fútbol preferido, el Real Madrid. Asi lo cuenta el próprio Verdasco: “...no he sido mucho ni de tele ni de juguetes, era más de balones, siempre estaba haciendo deporte”.

Su gran sueño es llegar a estar entre los primeros del ranking mundial: “...nunca te conformas con lo que tienes. Por mucho que sea, siempre quieres más”, ha declarado en alguna ocasión el tenista madrileño.

Fernando Verdasco consiguió el pasado año acceder a la segunda ronda de la Mercedes Cup, en Stuttgart, un plato fuerte en los torneos internacionales. En los circuitos profesionales ya se ha hecho un nombre junto a su gran amigo Feliciano López, zurdo como él, y otros tenistas como David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo (séptimo en el ranking ATP), Carlos Moyá o el número dos mundial Rafael Nadal.

Fernando Verdasco pertenece a una nueva generación de tenistas dispuesta a hacer sacrificios, como semanas enteras de entrenamiento, muchas horas de vuelo, y echar de menos a su familia y a su novia, Priscila de Gustin, una guapa modelo española; todo ello por llegar a la cima del tenis mundial.

And now in English:

Fernando Verdasco – a new Spanish tennis talent


The Spanish tennis players belong to the best of the world. One of them is Fernando Verdasco.

The 24-year-old Fernando Verdasco, tennis player of Madrid, is one of the world’s best tennis players. Verdasco is a player who focuses on improvement, dedication and good play to reach the best output in the competitions of the best players. Though he is left-handed, his forehand is his best shot, and he showed that in April, when he won in Davis Cup, played in Bremen, a match versus the German Michael Berrer.

Verdasco started to play tennis very early, at eight years of age he started to practice with a fulltime-coach, and with 15 years he appeared for the first time in the Ranking of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). His parents, who lead a restaurant in Madrid always supported their son. They even built two tenniscourts beside their house that young Fernando could practice daily. From the early days his affectations were limited nearly only on the tennis courts and to follow the matches of his preferred football team, Real Madrid. Fernando Verdasco himself tells it like that: „I never really cared of tv or toys, I cared more of balls, I was always doing sports.“

His big dream is to be within the best players worldwide. „Never be satisfied with what you already have. As much as it would be, you always need to want more“, the Madrid player once explained.

In the last year Fernando Verdasco reached the second round of Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, one of the tournaments with many well players. In the tennis-circuit he made a name for himself together with his big buddy Feliciano López, left-hander like him, and other tennis players like David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo (7th in ATP-Ranking), Carlos Moyá or the world‘s number 2, Rafael Nadal.

Fernando Verdasco belongs to a new generation of tennis players, who willingly sacrifice a lot, like to practice for entire weeks, to journey a lot and to miss family and fiancee, the pretty Spanish model Priscila de Gustin. And all that to reach the top of world’s tennis.

Carlita
06-21-2008, 11:09 PM
:wavey: Is it allowed to post here in the forum from time to time without being called a bandwagoner? :unsure:

:haha: of course it is! This isn't GM ;)

thanks for the article :)

Sommarsverige
06-21-2008, 11:30 PM
Thanks Jelena :hug:

Was the article in Ecos? If so, the current issue? I always read this magazine and it would be so typical, if I just would have missed the one with the Fer article in it :(

Jelena
06-21-2008, 11:32 PM
Thanks Jelena :hug:

Was the article in Ecos? If so, the current issue? I always read this magazine and it would be so typical, if I just would have missed the one with the Fer article in it :(
it is in the current Ecos with Juanes on the cover, yes.

KiwiChica
06-22-2008, 09:32 AM
Hi Jelena,

nice to see you round here as well! :wavey:

Thanks for the article and the translation. :)

Sommarsverige
06-22-2008, 03:44 PM
it is in the current Ecos with Juanes on the cover, yes.

Thank you so much :hug: So I am sure I will buy it the next days ;)

teR
11-26-2008, 11:06 AM
I am helping in to create and to saying to the people who should be registered in the forum that to created a my friend that is a fan of Verdasco, is in Spanish but there is a zone in English. I am grateful for you if to be able to register

http://z13.invisionfree.com/Fernando_Verdasco

Jelena
11-28-2008, 02:03 PM
I found an article about the Daviscup-triumph on the Spanish ATP-site. (http://www.atptennis.com/1/es/newsandscores/news/2008/daviscupf_sunday.asp)

Gl3nnVD
11-28-2008, 08:54 PM
Apparently, Fer is going to be in Sesame Street!

http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/tenis/es/index.html

That'll be interesting, lol.

Gamas
12-31-2008, 11:21 AM
But because Nando will not play many tournament in 2009?
nothing Rotterdam nothing Zagreb :sad:
1 tournament atp : Brisbane and Ao... stop

safinafan
01-19-2009, 03:42 PM
Ana and Fernando break up!
http://www.womenstennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ana-ivanovic-fernando-verdasco-car.jpg
Ana Ivanovic and Fernando Verdasco had been dating since the 2008 US Open, but the word is out that their romantic relationship has ended.

According to a friend of Ana's, the tennis star broke up with her boyfriend earlier this month, during the tournament in Brisbane.

I have to say it was suspicious. Those statements of Ana and Fernando, that tennis comes first, plus, I don't remember seeing a picture of them together this year. Moreover, Ivanovic was training in Australia for some time already, and Verdasco was nowhere to be seen. Also, Ana lost in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International, but she didn’t stay at the tournament to watch Fernando, who went all the way to the finals. Instead, Ivanovic flew to Melbourne right away.

I’m kind of happy for Ana. She can do much better, and she's proved it. As some of you may have noticed from my comments, I didn’t feel their relationship from the start, even though they were being spotted together all the time. (source: Fox Sports)

http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2009/01/19/ana-ivanovic-and-fernando-verdasco-break-up/

Eden
01-19-2009, 07:55 PM
Verdasco Joins Cast Of Heroes

http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/images/deuce/january2009/verdasco4_750.jpg
© Getty Images
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero congratulates Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco.

By ROBERT DAVIS
Published: January 16, 2009

"I was always with family. We had really good fun, and that made me more relaxed on the court which made me play better"


Fernando Verdasco takes his place alongside Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer as one of Spain’s tennis superstars, finding the right equation on and off the court to achieve a season made of dreams.

Fernando Verdasco wants to be a hero. And now Emilio Sanchez has just given him the chance.

Like a drum roll that starts slowly and rises steadily until it becomes a pounding crescendo, so is the tension gripping the Spanish Davis Cup team in Mar del Plata. For the 11,000 strong blue and white clad Argentine supporters packing the Estadio Islas Malvinas there is little doubt now as to the outcome. Still, some of the faithful clasp rosary beads and pray for a miracle. For nearly four hours the arena has seemed like a tempest in a teacup, but now, it is deathly quiet.

Twice in this final game Acasuso has denied the Spaniards victory. Now, once again, a single point away from capturing the trophy, Verdasco prepares for the return. Emilio Sanchez takes a deep breath, the anxiety showing on his face, runs his hand through his hair and locks eyes with his player.“Vamos Fernando,” Emilio orders. “Vamos.”

“The first two match points, Jose played really well,” Verdasco recalls. “I was trying to just keep the ball in play, not make a mistake. But before the third match point, I said to myself, ‘Fernando take the shot! Go for the shot!’”

And does he ever.

The return in play, Verdasco flings an awkward slice backhand to Acasuso, daring the Argentine to run around his backhand. Acasuso takes the bait, driving a heavy forehand inside-out, but in the process leaving his forecourt exposed. Deep behind his own baseline, Verdasco seizes the moment and loads all 81 kilograms of his chiseled frame onto his left leg. Torquing his upper body, his right shoulder coils around like a spring ready to explode. Suddenly and without warning he pulls the trigger releasing a forehand winner ripping down the line. The shot catches Acasuso off guard, and Verdasco collapses onto the court in triumph. It becomes the shot seen around the world.

It is a perfect ending, to what Verdasco would later call, “the greatest year of my life. A year where everything went right, both on and off the court.”

Emilio Sanchez thinks it was more than just a coincidence that Fernando played such a mighty role for the winning team.

“All week he had been talking about episodes from his favourite television programme, Heroes,” Emilio says. “On the Wednesday before the tie we were at a ranch house outside Mar del Plata. We had just eaten a parillada when we went for a walk in the fields. After a bit, the team gathered and it was asked of each man how he would like to be remembered after this weekend. When it was Fernando’s turn, he said simply, ‘I want to be a hero. I want to be the hero for Spain.’ I think it was a little more than a coincidence. Maybe it was his destiny?”

2008 turned out to be a very good year for the 25-year-old native of Madrid. Capturing the title in Umag ended a long and often frustrating drought since his maiden ATP World Tour title in Valencia four years earlier. Sweetening the pot, the victory in Croatia propelled the Spaniard to a career-high world ranking of 11.

When asked what was the cause of improvement in ‘08, Verdasco is ready with the answer, “I was extremely happy off the court. I travelled a lot with my father, and some with my coach and long-time friend, Tati Rascon. Other tournaments my uncle and cousins would join me, so I was always with family. I felt that I needed different things at different times. So, I mixed it up. And we had really good fun, and that made me more relaxed on the court which made me play better.”

Verdasco considers Feliciano Lopez his best friend. And it was Feliciano who came to his side the night before Fernando’s dramatic Davis Cup match.

“With respect to Acasuso, we felt that Fernando was the favourite,” Feliciano remembers. “All the pressure was on Fernando so I just tried to keep him calm.”

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The Spaniard enters the 2009 season with confidence.

Anyone who has watched Verdasco’s play over the last few years might understand what Feliciano meant by keeping him calm. Verdasco can often be compared to a gunfighter who kicks the door down and enters with both guns blazing.

“In the past, Fernando would many times try to blast players off the court, relying on his physical and tennis skills too much,” Emilio Sanchez believes. “In the second half of ’08 he began to stay focused during the changes of momentum.”

That is something that Fernando’s father, Jose, who travels with him frequently agrees with.

“Fernando matured a lot as a player in ’08,” Jose says. “In the past he would get upset and let three, four or five points, sometimes more, slip away before regaining his composure. He has definitely improved in that area.”

It is a bright, clear and sunny spring morning in Barcelona and Fernando Verdasco is standing on the edge of the roof of the Hotel Melia. Cold and completely naked Verdasco stares into the camera, strikes a pose, reaches down and grabs his… racquet. With his subject framed by the Barcelona skyline, world famous photographer Antonio Petronzio begins shooting the Spanish star for Cosmopolitan Magazine. It is a charitable effort to raise awareness of male cancer.

“Fernando was a real professional,” Antonio says. “In order to get the perspective of the skyline we had to shoot on top of a high rise building located in the financial heart of the city. It was ironic that although I insisted on a closed set if half of Barcelona had just looked up they could have seen one of their tennis players posing in the nude.”

“His laid back personality makes him photogenic,” Antonio continues. “Fernando is such a cool character that I knew the pictures would work.”

Admired for his tennis, and sought as a model for his strong physical features, those who know him best appreciate his demeanour.

“Besides being so friendly to everyone, especially on the tour,” Feliciano Lopez says, “Fernando is really funny. He makes us laugh a lot.”

Journalists have even compared him to Roger Federer in the sense that he is extremely polite and willing to accommodate all interviews within reason.

It is mid-December and Fernando Verdasco should be at home in Spain, but instead he is flying at 33,000 feet over the Atlantic on the way to Las Vegas. Teaming up with strength and conditioning coach, Gil Reyes, Verdasco changed his pre-season routine. Something that he hopes will help him crack the Top 10.

“We have great coaches in Spain, maybe the best,” says Verdasco. “But I have never really done well in the first part of the year, even though I always worked hard. This year I wanted to try something different so I joined Gil in Vegas. To finish in the Top 10 I am going to have to be very fit and more consistent with my performances. My results will say if this relationship is successful, but so far I am very happy with Gil and the family environment that he has in Vegas. ”

Just as Verdasco’s game is soaring to new heights, so to is his global image. Largely due in part to a four month old relationship with WTA star, Ana Ivanovic, it seems that the media just cannot get enough of them.

“It can be a little embarrassing,” Verdasco admits, alluding to all the media attention, “but if the truth be known, Ana and I have a very normal relationship – not nearly as glamourous as the media would like to report. She and her team are very professional, and I have my team, and our tennis needs come first. But we do share some other interests away from the courts. Honestly, I think people would be surprised if they knew just how normal our relationship is.”

Whether it is on the court or off it, Fernando Verdasco is a man on the move. He is in the prime of his life, loaded with plenty of game and full of confidence. And now he has learned that just like in the movies, dreams do come true. If only one dares to dream.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/en/deuce/january2009/verdasco.asp

Jenrios
01-19-2009, 08:18 PM
Thanks!

Sommarsverige
01-19-2009, 08:18 PM
Thanks so much for posting this great article, Doris :hug: :yeah:

I had seen it just before on atptennis.com and really, really loved the report about Fer :) :hearts:

Carlita
01-22-2009, 06:57 AM
Verdasco into third round for first time

Thursday 22 January 2009
By Helen Gilbert
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Fernando Verdasco advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career with an easy 6-1 6-1 6-2 win over France’s Arnaud Clement on Thursday.

The delight was written all over the No.14 seed’s face as he walked off court beaming after what has been a monumental three months for the Spaniard.

On paper, Clement had the potential to upset the Spaniard. An experienced player who reached the final here in 2001 before bowing out to Andre Agassi, the Frenchman has a habit of going the distance over five sets.
Unfortunately for the Frenchman, there was no danger of that happening today. Verdasco had made it clear in previous press conferences that he was determined to make it past the second round, and his agenda was clear from the moment he stepped on court.

Beautiful baseline play and solid serving were the key components of his game, thwarting any attempt by the 31-year-old Clement from getting a handle on the match. The first set flew by amidst an array of winners. So did the second. Come the third, Clement managed to level at 2-2; it wasn’t enough as the Spaniard sprinted away with the next four games to take the match.

Verdasco is clearly riding high. He gained notoriety in the 2008 Davis Cup final between Spain and Argentina, winning the fourth rubber against Jose Acasuso to give Spain its third David Cup title.

He said: “This is my best time. After the Davis Cup for me and that match it was amazing, the final. 2008 was the best year in my life, and now I am starting 2009 even better than all years before. My goal for this year is to be a better player and have a better year than 2008. It’s tough, champion of Davis Cup, but I will try. I have big goals for this year.”

He added that he was very happy to make it into the third round for the first time, but when asked if romance was helping his game – he was seeing Ana Ivanovic – he sighed: “My romance is a little bit over now.”

Quick facts
The match lasted one hour and 35 minutes
Verdasco had seven aces to Clement’s two
Verdasco hit 28 winners to Clement’s 12, while Clement had 31 unforced errors, 19 more than the Spaniard

Gl3nnVD
01-22-2009, 01:26 PM
Thank you for the article. If he keeps playing like this, he can get really far.

And not to worry about the romance Fer, you still have plenty of time (and choice).

Björki
01-24-2009, 10:38 AM
Saturday 24 January 2009

Q. That looked very easy. Was it as easy as it looked?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I think that the beginning of the match was really tough. If you saw with 4‑3 in the first set, it was 49 minutes. And then I look again with 6‑4, 6‑Love, 5‑Love, and it was 1 hour, 49.

I think one of the key of the match was that I was there all the time at the beginning, like the first game with his serve was 30 minutes, and the second, I think, was like almost 10.

So it was a pretty hard beginning. But I think that when I break him back with 4‑3 and new balls, I start to play better with no mistakes. He start to make much more mistakes. The second set he didn't do as much serves and volley than in the beginning of the match also. And I start to feel much better.

I think it was two matches, no? One till 4‑3 in the first set, and then another one after.

Q. Do you feel that you are gathering momentum, that you're getting better with every match?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't feel better today than the first day or the second. I think I was feeling the same in the three matches. I'm feeling good. I'm feeling the ball and feeling my legs good also. You know, I pretty feel good in all the matches, in the three matches the same, more or less.

Q. You might have Andy Murray in the next round. Is that a match you look forward to? He's been in good form, as well.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yes, for sure is a big goal for me to play against him. I always lost against him. I will try my best in the next match. If he wins today against Melzer, I will try to play my best tennis to try to be the hardest I can for him, no? I will do the best, for sure, to try to win this match.

Q. What makes Andy Murray so difficult to play against?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, you know, he's a very good player. So complete in all the aspects in the game. He serve good. He have unbelievable backhand. I think physically he's one of the best right now also. He has so good hand also for slice, to defend. So he's pretty complete in all the aspects of the game.

But, you know, I think I need to do my game anyway and try to beat him like this. Don't change my game because he's one player, you know, one kind of player of another one.

Q. What do you think of what Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have said? They say they are surprised that people think Andy Murray is the favorite to win here. Do you think he deserves to be the favorite?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, the thing is like now in the beginning of the year, he won the exhibition in Abu Dhabi and he won the tournament in Doha where he was playing Nadal, he was playing Federer, Roddick. The only one that was not playing is Djokovic.

I think, you know, maybe is because of that, that the people say he's the favorite. I think in one Grand Slam, also is five sets. Players like Nadal or Federer, for example, are pretty tough in matches at five set, no? Nadal, I think he is the strongest one in five sets, and Federer, because right now playing, he's the one who won more Grand Slams.

I think that Murray is not the favorite over Nadal or Federer, but, of course, he's one of them.

Q. You're the hottest guy in the place. You've lost no sets and only 12 games in three matches. Do you suppose this momentum you've built up will serve you against Andy Murray?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, I think that every match is different. You know, I was feeling pretty good in all the three matches I played already, and I didn't lose too many games, no?

But like I just said, every match is different. For sure with Murray or Melzer ‑ but if it's Murray, that is the favorite of these two players, is going to be like really, really tough match.

But, you know, I will try to keep making my game, you know, try to play every point hundred percent, and that's it. This is what I was making the three last matches here, and this is what I will try to do also in the next match.

Q. Can you remember when you ever had a streak like the one you're on at the moment? Can you ever remember playing as well as you are at the moment?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, this question Feliciano López was asking me at the doubles. Can you remember playing like you are playing right now? And, you know, I think is different every moment. Last year in Wimbledon I was feeling pretty good also when I won third round against Tomas Berdych 4‑4‑0, and also with Ancic, the two first sets I was playing unbelievable.

But, yeah, I think that maybe that moment was the only one that maybe is similar, that I'm feeling right now, that I'm playing right now. But it's also different, no? Right now I think I'm feeling physically and mentally stronger than last year in Wimbledon. This pre‑season for me, it was a really, really big change. I think I was improving a lot in these two weeks I was with Gil Reyes in Las Vegas. I think after these two weeks I realize much more how I can play and how I can be harder player for the other players. This is what I'm trying to do, no? I'm feeling pretty good.

Sommarsverige
01-24-2009, 01:35 PM
Great interview :yeah:

Thanks for posting, Peggy :hug:

MRUK
01-26-2009, 01:37 PM
good choice sir!

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Björki
01-26-2009, 06:42 PM
Fernando Verdasco 26-01-09

Monday 26 January 200


Q. You said a couple of days ago that you've never felt better coming into a January. You must feel an awful lot better now.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yes, for sure. It was, like I said, I think the second day, for me it was one of the biggest goals for be in quarterfinals for first time in Grand Slam. And I was feeling with big confidence and pretty fit. So I was with confidence to be in quarterfinals for first time.

And for sure right now I am so happy, no, to make this goal possible.

Q. What about the match today tactically? Did you have a particular plan in mind against him?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, no, no. I was trying just to do my game. You know, like I said all the other days, just try to get the rhythm of the point with my forehand, just try to move him all the time.

He's tough because, you know, he play really good. He was serving in the breakpoints always good serves. It was pretty tough, no? But I had a very good day. It was a long match. I was feeling really good physically and mentally. So I'm so happy.

Q. Was the difference between the two of you just a physical one, that you were fitter?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I don't know, you know. I think that he was really fit also. But, I don't know, I think I just have better day than him today.

Q. You said in Brisbane the Davis Cup changed you and made you believe more in yourself and your ability to win those long games. Do you think that helped today?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yes, for sure. I was really thinking, when I lost the third set, in that match, in the final, that I was the same: two sets to one down. I was thinking that I can do it again. I just need to try my best.

In the third set, the beginning of the third set, is the moment of the match that I think I play worst. I was playing softer, and didn't take the rhythm of the point with my forehand.

In the beginning of the fourth, I start again to hit much, much stronger with the forehand. I was feeling much better.

Q. Have you ever served better? He said you served unbelievable.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, I just saw in the match that I should hit more the first serve and try to get more free points with my serve. You know, with the second serve, it was tough because he get into the court so much. If you don't make really good second serve, he take always, you know, the initiative in the point.

But, you know, I think that I had really, really good serve. That's help me so much for win a lot of points free.

Q. Looking at the statistics, there is a big difference in the average of the second serve. You hit all the time around 155, while he's 125. That can be a huge difference in the end?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, I was watching him in the second serve, really inside the court all the time, in the baseline, or a little bit forward. I was trying just to put a deep second serve with spin. Just try to make him difficult, no, the return.

I didn't look about the speed. I was just trying to put a good serve, just to go after, take the forehand as soon as possible to try to move him and try to get the rhythm of the point like I want.

Q. Did you speak with Rafa about tactics?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, no, no. I didn't spoke with Rafa about anything about the match of today. I just saw something that he said, I think yesterday or two days ago in the press conference, they ask him about my match, and he said I should take the forehand and try to move him and try to take the rhythm of the match. I saw that. I didn't need to speak with him. It was okay, I was looking (laughter).

Q. When you played in Paris in November, you got quite frustrated on court. Today you didn't get frustrated at all. You kept a very even temper throughout the match. Do you think that was important?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I think a little bit. If I am honest, I was ‑‑ in Paris Bercy I was coming from St. Petersburg, losing against him in semifinals, love and 3. I decided I supposed to take a little bit more of risk, go to the net, like play much more aggressive and see if in this way maybe I have more chances to win.

The first set I was really close. You know, also the second set. But it was faster court in St. Petersburg also. I was trying to go to the net as soon as possible. But also I was feeling different than today, you know. The confidence for me right now is much bigger than in Paris Bercy. Physically and mentally also much stronger.

I think that that Davis Cup final made me much stronger mentally. And this pre‑season, I was working really hard. So today, I was really believing in myself that I can win the match anyway, that I'm going to five sets.

That's so important, no, believe in yourself. I think today I was believing in myself much more than in Paris Bercy last year.

Q. Can you explain why you are playing so well and why Ana Ivanovic seems to have so many problems?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Good question. You know, I don't know. I think you should ask Ana more than me about this.

I don't think that is my fault. This is what I think, you know. If you want to know something more, I think you should ask her, no? I don't like to speak about other persons.

Q. When you lost the first set, with your record against him, did you think, Here we go?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, for sure it was tough for me this. But also I was thinking Stepanek the round before. I was 3‑Love down against him, and I beat him, you know, like quite nice score. I was just thinking like, Why not I can beat Murray today and make one point for me about matches?

I was believing in myself because I feel so good. That's help me so much to go to the court and try to really win the match, no, because sometimes you go to the court when you don't have this big confidence like you are playing with Andy Murray or one of these players.

Andy Murray right now was coming winning in Doha and Abu Dhabi exhibition. He was playing great. But I was just thinking about me, to my game, try to beat him, and don't think if I was 5‑0 in average of matches or anything else, you know, just about do my game.

Q. What now? This tournament has always been dark horses going to the final. Everything is open for you now?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I hope. I just want now to enjoy my victory of today. Is like ATP victory the biggest one in my career for me because be in quarterfinal of Grand Slam for first time and also beating one player like Andy Murray. He's, you know, so big. And that's help me even more for my confidence, to see that I am playing really good and I can be there, no? I can be in the top.

I'm also ‑ I hope ‑ also closer to top 10. This is also one of my biggest goals for this year.

About my next match, I will think about it tomorrow, yeah, tomorrow night, even though it's going to be so late. But, yeah, I just want to enjoy right now that I am in quarters, and I will think about this, you know, tomorrow.

But for sure I think that I have chances to win against Blake or against Tsonga, no? They are pretty good players, but I believe in myself.

Q. It's going to be hot the next few days. Does that worry you?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: If you tell me now, I will go to the fridge. I will put myself in for few days (laughter).

But, when you come to Australia, you know can be so hot. Also I been in Australia since the 31 of December. The first days in Brisbane, it was so, so hot also, 40 or 40 something. I was practicing really hard. You know, I think that it's not going to be a problem.

But anyway, I need to be ready for sure, just do all the things right to don't have any problem with all these conditions.

Q. You worked with Gil Reyes during the off‑season. Can you tell us more about that?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: What can I say? I am so happy to be working with him. Like I said, for me it was, you know, one of my big experience. I learned so much from him.

And also, you know, the 24th of December, everybody was leaving Las Vegas because it was Christmastime. And Agassi came to say hi to me, and I was speaking with him. I don't want to say what he told me, because that's secret (smiling). But really helped me so much. I was speaking with him two hours before he left for the mountains. He was leaving with Steffi to enjoy Christmas.

You know, he was going to ski. I love ski. I was there in the gym working hard, so I was a little bit jealous. But I was just thinking to be ready for the season and start good the year. You know, right now I'm so happy that I took that decision to go to Las Vegas and practice with Gil.

I will go again now. I will go back to Spain to see my family, and then I will go to Vegas for another two weeks to keep working hard there with him ‑ maybe Agassi also. Keep learning, keep improving for Dubai, Davis Cup and Indian Wells and Miami, to be ready.

Q. Do you hope maybe in the papers tomorrow the Verdasco headlines might be slightly bigger than the Nadal headlines? Would that be nice?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: For me that's not important. For me important is to win the matches and to feel good with myself. I don't care about if my letters are bigger than him.

He is No. 1 in the world. I always said, like, all the things he have is because he deserve it. So I just think about me, about what I'm feeling, that I'm so happy, and I don't care about this.

Q. A lot of people made Andy Murray before the tournament the favorite. Do you think he deserved to be the favorite?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: This question I think I answered the other day. Maybe they were speaking about he's the favorite because he was playing really good in the beginning of the year and he won the two tournaments he played.

But, like I said the other day, you know, for me Rafa in five‑set matches is the toughest player, and also Federer is the guy like with more Grand Slams in the moment play, no, on the tour.
So for me say, like, Murray is favorite against Nadal or Federer is pretty tough, no? But, you know, they are also good players. I think a Grand Slam, everything can happen. Right now I'm happy that I won my match and that's it, no?

Jenrios
01-26-2009, 08:12 PM
Daily Express

MURRAY CRASHES OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN



Murray was sent out of the Australian Open today
Monday January 26,2009
By Julia White for express.co.uk
ANDY Murray's Australian Open campaign came to a sudden end this morning as he lost to 14th seed Fernando Verdasco.

The British number one, who was looking to reach the last eight in Melbourne for the first time, crashed out in five sets 2-6 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Murray came into the match having not dropped a set but he appeared to be affected by the headaches and sore throat he has been suffering this week.

And he found the Spaniard in formidable form.

Verdasco peppered the baseline and sidelines with winners and had Murray scampering around the court chasing drop shots and lobs.

Despite the Brit starting with confidence, that that fell away in the second set as he was broken three times.

He responded in fine fashion to take the third with relative ease but succumbed in the fourth as Verdasco forced it to a decider.

A clearly drained Murray kept pace with his tormentor and at 3-2 and with Verdasco on serve, Murray gave his all looking for the breakthrough.

He failed to convert two break point chances but forced the 14th seed to play out six deuces as he harried and scrambled and retrieved for all his was worth but it was to no avail.

Having held for 3-3, Verdasco got the breakthrough and although Murray held serve to stay in the set a backhand into the net in the following game brought his hopes crashing down.

Jenrios
01-26-2009, 08:15 PM
The Guardian
Murray's Melbourne dream fades away as Verdasco wins five-setter• British No1 still to get beyond last 16 of year's first grand slam
• Spaniard wins 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 after more than three hours

Andy Murray's hopes of reaching a second successive grand slam final were ended in the fourth round of the Australian Open by Fernando Verdasco, a player he had beaten in all five of their previous meetings. The left-handed Spaniard, seeded No14, was an integral part of Spain's Davis Cup-winning team last year, and has clearly grown immensely in confidence as a result, though this was a match that swung first one way and then the other.

It was a hugely disappointing exit for Murray who some, somewhat foolishly, had been made the pre-tournament favourite on the strength of his early-season form. But the slams are something quite different, and for much of this match Murray still looked as if he was suffering from the aftermath of his illness last week, albeit it was not the case initially.

Murray began where he had left off against Spain's Marcel Granollers and Jürgen Melzer of Austria in the second and third rounds. He moved the ball around superbly, leaving Verdasco with no margin for error at all. It was not an excessively hot day, though Murray was careful to keep in the shade at the back of the court as much as possible between points. Occasionally the Spaniard unleashed a thundering forehand, but Murray appeared totally assured. There was not a cloud in the sky, and seemingly none on his horizon.

This was the best of Murray, power and subtlety mixed in equal proportions to perplex Verdasco in equal measure. But the shift came suddenly, and for no apparent reason. It began with some odd choices of shot early in the second set, with his mood lurching from positive to negative. It took Verdasco no time at all to sense that matters had changed radically, and he stepped up the pressure accordingly.

Verdasco had spent the winter months in Las Vegas, training with Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi's former fitness guru, and there were moments when he seemed to be moving twice as fast. Murray was so flat that the only conclusion was that the bout of illness, which saw him confined to bed and medicated last week, was taking its toll.

However such thoughts were dispelled in the third set, which Murray won just as easily as the first. There seemed no apparent rhyme or reason, and the crowd in the HiSense stadium, the equivalent of Wimbledon's No1 court, were understandably unsure what to expect next. Neither player had dropped a set previously while Verdasco had conceded a mere 12 games in the three opening rounds - all of which now counted for nothing.

Neither did Murray's third set recovery. The Spaniard broke him early in the fourth, making a fifth inevitable. Both had played 12 five set matches before in their career, with Murray at 8-4 and Verdasco 7-5, the Spaniard's most recent being in the final of the Davis Cup against Argentina when he clinched the tie against José Acasuso.

"I didn't feel terrible at all," Murray said afterwards. "If you're sick, there's some things you can't do as well as you might like, but you just have to deal with it. If you go on the court and play, then you do everything that you can with what you've got. If I say that I'm sick and it affected me, I know it's going to be like, 'Well, he's making excuses for losing'. I don't feel that was the reason why I lost. I definitely did have my chances. He played too well."

Murray had break points in the sixth game but could not force the breakthrough, and in the next Verdasco broke Murray to take a 4-3 lead, and going on to serve out for a 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in 3hr 12 min. So, like Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski before, Murray has yet to get beyond the last 16 of the Australian Open.

"He served huge," Murray added. "He started serving like, 215 [kph] plus on a lot of his first serves. The fourth set, I think he served like 93 per cent first serves. The consistency of his first serve was pretty awesome for the last two, three sets. A lot of times he's sort of just kicking the serve in and putting a lot of slice on it and not going for too much. But he started to go for it huge in the fourth and fifth sets. He served very well when he was behind, which he hadn't done against me in the past.

"When I did have the break points, I think he made a first serve on every one. I think he served two aces. It's difficult to be defensive when that happens. I wasn't necessarily expecting him to serve that well because it's not something that he's known for."

Jenrios
01-26-2009, 08:17 PM
The Independent

Murray: No excuses, Verdasco was better

PA

Andy Murray refused to make excuses for his five-set defeat to Fernando Verdasco in the last 16 of the Australian Open, acknowledging his opponent was the better player.


Murray, who had complained of a sore throat and headaches before his third-round win over Austria's Jurgen Melzer, appeared to be suffering in the intense Melbourne heat in and was desperately off form in the 2-6 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-4 win for the Spaniard.


But he said: "If you're sick, there are some things you can't do as well as you might like.


"But you just have to deal with it. If you go on the court and play, then you do everything you can with what you've got.


"If I say that I'm sick and it affected me, I know it's going to be like, 'Well, he's making excuses for losing.'


"I don't feel that was the reason why I lost. I didn't feel terrible at all. I had my chances."


Murray paid tribute to Verdasco's performance, adding: "He served incredibly in the fourth and fifth sets. He served huge.


"The fourth set, I think he served 93 per cent first serves. Sometimes you've just got to say too good, he played better than me."


The Scotsman admitted he missed opportunities to clinch the match and continue his quest for a first grand slam title.


"I had my chances," he said.


"Even though I didn't play my best, in the second set and the beginning of the fourth set I had chances to get back into the fourth set.


"Also had a chance to go up in the fifth set.


"I definitely did have my chances but he played too well."

safinafan
01-27-2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks for posting :bounce:

krystlel
01-28-2009, 11:56 PM
I wrote this...

http://mvn.com/tennisdiary/2009/01/fernando-verdasco-this-years-australian-open-giant-killer.html

Fernando Verdasco, this year's Australian Open giant killer

Each year, the Australian Open has been known to throw up some surprise packets. Players that managed to navigate their way deep into the tournament against all odds.

This year's surprise packet, Fernando Verdasco has just beaten last year's surprise packet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and two days ago, he defeated the Scot Andy Murray, the man who was initially the bookies' favourite heading into the event. Murray had shown sensational form in winning Doha, and performing well in the exhibition prior to that.

Verdasco's rise in form and career-best result of reaching a Grand Slam semi-final is more than just a great run, an unheralded player achieving something they had never yet achieved. It is more like a feel good story, the mental transformation of a player that had long been known not only closing out matches, but closing out sets, and flinching at any sign of a tense moment. It is more something that the tennis fans that have been following the sport more closely will appreciate, having seen more of Verdasco's older matches to be able to compare with how he has been this Australian Open.

Looking back on some of Verdasco's matches last year, he was known to consistently throw in double faults at tense moments, particularly at the end of sets. But it wasn't only limited to that as he often found it difficult to swing his racquet freely to get the necessary racquet head speed for his shots to be able to make their mark. It was difficult viewing at times, as he would predictably have his end-of-set meltdown on any moderately big stage.

His opponents knew it, and one of the most uncomfortable feelings I get from watching tennis is seeing an opponent practically float the ball to a player on big points, in preparation of that potential choke. Feeding them shots that would ordinarily be put away with no trouble at all, yet seeing that player miss that shot miserably.

Anyone that has seen the Davis Cup final, the match that is fully responsible for Verdasco's success today, knows that it was an absolute trainwreck of a match. It was a match that Verdasco was strongly favoured to win, against Jose Acasuso who had barely notched up any hardcourt wins over the indoor season. A match that he knew that even if he couldn't play his best that he would still be able to win.

But in the match itself, Verdasco continually gifted points to his lower-ranked opponent with double faults and excruciating errors, although to be fair Acasuso also returned the favour to some extent. But in the end, Verdasco managed to steady his play enough to importantly lift the trophy for his country, and that's a triumph in itself for him. Sometimes winning ugly has a better mental effect, overcoming all of those demons.

Now it's one thing to notch up a win like that, and another to make full use of it. It's not only that Verdasco has improved mentally, but it's like he has ridden the wave and continued that emotional high to be able to play with full confidence. He isn't only not flinching under pressure, he's trusting himself and hitting big serves and big forehands when he needs to.

Earlier today against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, down break point in the third set, close to relinquishing his two break advantage, Verdasco serves a swinging serve out wide on the ad court, and follows it up with a big forehand crosscourt right on the line, and finishes it off with a swinging volley. Right on the line, showing the huge amount of confidence that he has in his game at the moment.

What seems to have made the biggest difference in his game, is his decision to crank up his serve and go for that pacier serve more often than he used to while maintaining the variety that he has on it. How he manages to still record incredible first service percentages around the 70-80% mark, while hitting it more aggressively than he used to is remarkable to me. But maybe it's not so much how often he is doing it, but when he is doing it, going after the big serve on the bigger points. He always had the vicious swinging serve, and because of that, his body serve is an excellent shot as well, so now he's got the devastating combination of both power and variety.

I noticed today in his match against Tsonga how well he used his forehand to drag Tsonga out of court, yet another example of using power and variety. It doesn't always have to be a winning forehand, and just because he can hit flashy forehand winners doesn't mean he has to. Like his serve, he has the ability on the forehand side to have it spinning out wide to completely take control of the point, and of course he can flatten it out, something that we're all already accustomed to seeing.

The other aspect of his game that has improved are his defensive skills, and his willingness to stay in points. Verdasco in the past year had already been steadily improving, and this is an area in particular which he has been gradually been improving on. In recent times, we have seen less flashy shotmaking from Verdasco on the dead run. None of the flattening out on shots, going for broke if he can get himself back into the point even if that means running all the way from one side of the court to the other.

Instead, he'll throw in that more defensive shot that other players do, and wait for his chance to fire the winner, with which he has been doing with relative frequency. I also read that he had worked with Gil Reyes in the off-season, a move that would further improve his defensive skills as well as overall fitness, which surely would help in the heat of the Australian sun.

In the next round, Verdasco will face an even tougher mental hurdle, and of course, his form on the day is important too. Maybe it's not so much about whether Verdasco will win this match or not, facing the current world number 1, Rafael Nadal, but how he approaches this match. Think back to last year's French Open match where Verdasco overplayed to the point of barely managing to win any points. Trying to hit spectacular winners, and in the end handing the match on a plate to his fellow Spaniard. It is clear that Verdasco has a lot of respect for Nadal, so will he be able to show the right balance between offense and defense to be able to bring the best out of his game?

Björki
01-30-2009, 04:16 PM
Fernando Verdasco 30-01-09

Q. Do you think you'll be able to find sleep tonight?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yes. Why not? You know, is sad, no, to play one match like this and lost after five hours. But, you know, for the other side, I need to be proud for the tournament I made and the level I played today also. I think it was unbelievable match.

You know, we both played unbelievable. I think, you know, Rafa, I said always, you know, in these matches, five sets, he is the toughest player. You know, and I was there all the time, too. So, you know, for sure I will have this match in my mind all my life.

You know, I'm so proud of all the things I made today and these two, almost two weeks.

Q. Can you imagine you only served four double‑faults in the whole match, and sadly, in the last game, you served two?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Tennis is like this sometimes, no? What can I do? I was trying the same like in all the other games in the match. But, you know, just to try a good second serve, I played two double‑faults.

But I think I need to be so happy with the level I was serving today. You know, I made 20 aces. I was serving 210, 215 a lot. So I cannot think about that I made two double‑faults in one game, you know, and think about this, because tennis is like this sometimes and you don't need to think about this so much, no?

Q. What would you consider more surprising, the fact that you made 95 winners against the No. 1 in the world, or the fact that you are 25 years old? Normally players become very strong when they're 20, 21, 22, but not 25.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Okay (laughter).

Q. What do you consider more surprising of these two facts?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: You know, the winners, it was a so long match, so it is normal that I made a lot of winners. I was taking more risk than him also. For sure I made a lot of more unforced errors than him. I was playing more aggressive than him and trying to look for the winner more than him.

But, you know, about the age? I don't know what to say, no (laughter)? Anyway, you know, I was practicing this pre‑season in Las Vegas, like everybody knows, with Gil. And Agassi have the best career after 30. So I'm 25. I'm so young (smiling).

Q. When you hit a great shot, and you open your palm, what do you mean by this?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Nothing. Is just something that I have with my friend. Is just like hi, you know. But only one special thing I have with one friend that is here with me. The same like do this (clenching fist). Just one thing more. To have motivation and be all the time 100% in the match.

Q. What were you thinking at Love‑30 deep into the fifth set? Did you think that was your moment, that was your chance?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Yeah, yeah. No, I was thinking that, you know, I need to go 100% for that game. With 15‑30, it was second serve, and I miss my forehand to the net.

I think that it was, you know, my biggest chance in the fifth set. You know, just because I was trying to be aggressive, I made that mistake.

Now, after, is easy to see everything. Now, you know, if I can return in time and have this chance, I will take a lob and put the ball in and try to run and try to fight the point. But in that moment, I thought that it was good to try to take the forehand, and hit an aggressive forehand and I miss it.

But, anyway, for sure it was the big chance in the fifth set, no? But is a pity also. I was trying all the time my best, and I had that chance. He had a lot of other chances. You know, I think both of us, we had a lot of chances. We played unbelievable match. We need to be happy, no?

Is also a pity that, you know, now for Rafa for sure that he won the match that he played that long match for the final, when Roger played one day before and a much shorter match.

You know, is really a pity. I want him to be 100% to play that final and to try to win. I lost against him. He's a big friend. I wish him the best of luck in the final. I hope that he will win.

Q. About Nadal having one day less to rest, don't you think that players should do something to avoid these problems all the time? At the US Open they play Saturday the semifinal before the final. Here they play one day, then the next. Don't you think you, as players, should start to do something?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I will speak with them in next tournament (smiling).

No, but I think, for sure, the semifinals supposed to be the same day, both semifinals, because I think, you know, is the most fair for everybody, no? Because like right now, yesterday Federer play three sets, and today Rafa play five sets, five hours, and he will have one day less, and with a semifinal much longer.

I think that for sure they supposed to play the two semifinals like the womans, the same day. And I think also with two weeks, you have enough days to make the schedule right and have it like this.

But I don't know why they did it, no? I promise, I didn't know that Federer was playing yesterday. I thought that yesterday was playing only girls, and today two semifinals. When I saw that he was playing yesterday, I was a little bit in shock. I was like, Why he's playing one day before us? He will have much recover, and in the final he will have a little bit more of advantage because he had one day more.

So I don't know why they did it. And I think that, for sure, they need to change it.

Q. Only Wimbledon has the perfect schedule. The others do what they want.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: I think this is one thing that for sure they need to change. If they hear me here, the guys from Australian Open, I'm so happy because I make semifinals here, and is my biggest tournament. But I think that for sure they need to make it better.

And I think if they put the two semifinals the same day, is gonna be more fair for everybody, for all the four players.

Q. You had 95 winners. You played extremely offensively, but Rafa still gets so many balls back. What is the most impressive thing about his defensive skills?

FERNANDO VERDASCO: Everybody knows that he is the best player making this, no? He gets unbelievable balls. You need to win the point against him three or four times more than against all the other players.

Anyway, there are so good players like Federer, Murray, Roddick, Blake, whatever, all the top players. With Rafa you need to win the point three times more than with all the others.

He have unbelievable legs. He run unbelievable. Anyway, he's taking the ball, you know, like so difficult. I think that he always have a chance to put the ball in unbelievable, no?

Today was a lot of points like this. You know, I remember that point unbelievable that I made a smash like so close to the net, and he just put the ball in. I put it again to the forehand, and he made unbelievable passing shot cross‑court with the forehand. I was, like, I couldn't believe, no?

But, you know, with Rafa after, I start laughing because I say like, With him is normal. With the others, no. But with him, I'm not surprised of this, no? I saw him play a lot of times, and he made things that all the other doesn't make. So this is why he's also No. 1 in the world.

Q. In the fourth set there were a couple of points early where you looked tired.

FERNANDO VERDASCO: When?

Q. Early in the fourth set you looked very tired after some points. Within minutes you seemed to snap out of it and you were playing out of your skin. Was there a time when you thought mentally to yourself, I just have to do anything I can to stay in the point or...

FERNANDO VERDASCO: No, I was no tired. Just, you know, when you lost the third set and you are two sets to one down and the other guy, he's playing so good also, you know, you need to take a little bit of energy, no? Matches like this, so long, you cannot be like all the points jumping, 150%.

So at the beginning of the fourth set I was taking a little bit break, no, just trying to take my serve, win my serve, and with the return, you know, try to make shorter games. You know, in the end of the fourth, when I saw that the score was closer in the end of the fourth, I start to think that I need to put a little bit more to try to win this set. Because if not, the match is over.

I start to play, you know, with more spin and I start to play more aggressive. I think the end of the fourth set, it was the best level of myself today.

So, you know, these matches, anyway, they are so long, there are so many chances for both players, so many situations, they can change a match. So is difficult to know everything.

Jenrios
01-31-2009, 07:28 PM
Some reviews of THAT match from the British Broadsheets

The Independent
Verdasco has been the revelation of the tournament and his performances against Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have put Andy Murray's defeat to the world No 15 in a new light. The Scot had been ill before their fourth-round encounter but still took it to five sets.
Until he played a key role in Spain's Davis Cup triumph last month 25-year-old Verdasco was regarded as an inconsistent hit-and-hope player. However, the victory over Argentina did wonders for his confidence and a winter camp working with Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi's former trainer, has transformed his fitness.
Nadal must have felt he was looking into a mirror as his fellow Spanish left-hander chased down balls and smashed 95 winners. They had won 192 points each until Verdasco served his second double fault of the final game, having made only two in the previous five hours. Nevertheless the most telling statistic was the unforced error count: Verdasco 76, Nadal 25.
A desperately tight first set had turned on a stroke of luck. Nadal was serving at 4-5 in the tie-break when a Verdasco shot, which was going wide, struck the top of the net, toppled over and landed just inside the court. Verdasco finished off the set with a smash.
The first break of serve came in the last game of the second set. Nadal set it up with a superb running forehand down the line and completed it when Verdasco hit a forehand long. The third set featured four breaks but once again it went to a tie-break, which Nadal dominated to win 7-2.
Normal service was resumed in the fourth set as neither player had so much as a break point. Verdasco played a sensational tie-break, winning it 7-1 with a series of huge forehands, but in the deciding set he repeatedly had to dig himself out of trouble on his serve. Nadal is the ultimate competitor but said that he felt so much emotion that there were tears in his eyes when he went 40-0 up in the final game.

The Guardian

It will be the finish to the Australian Open that many wanted though Fernando Verdasco, the conqueror of Andy Murray in the fourth round, played the match of his life as he fought to be the Spanish left-hander who would face Roger Federer on Sunday evening here.
Verdasco, who had never gone beyond the last 16 of a major, battled to his extreme limits in the longest match in the history of the tournament at 5hr 14min, but it was Rafa Nadal, as almost everyone expected, who reached his first ever hard-court grand slam final 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4.
Remarkably, at the end of an astonishingly intense game only a single point separated the two (193–192), Verdasco hitting a remarkable 93 winners: "I was taking more risks than him, and being more aggressive." He also served superbly, as he had against Murray, and it was cruel that his challenge ended with two double faults in his last game, including the point that gave his fellow Spaniard the match. Such is the pressure Nadal exerts.

The Telegraph

If Nadal ever wondered what it would be like to play himself, well now he knows. Both were striking heavy topspin forehands that reared up off the court like angry, spitting cobras. There were moments when Verdasco could only smile at Nadal's brilliance, but he had plenty of party tricks of his own, including producing one shot with wicked sidespin that did a right at the lights.
Andy Murray's fourth-round defeat to Verdacso, which had been a little puzzling at the time, became easier to understand with every winner from the Spaniard's racket. Nadal had not dropped a set all tournament until last night, but this was "one of the best matches" of his career. "It was amazing for me, playing the match with an unbelievable atmosphere," he said.

Kid Carlos
02-12-2009, 03:54 AM
A look into the recent rise of Spanish sensation, Fernando Verdasco.

http://tennisconnected.com/home/2009/02/06/court-17/.

Jenrios
02-12-2009, 09:04 PM
thanks for the article - and the part where the writer says he feels sad about not catching Fer on outside courts anymore, crossed my mind as well.

Jenrios
02-16-2009, 06:53 PM
Australian Tennis always has a double page centre pic each month - and this month, it's Fer!

Gl3nnVD
02-17-2009, 06:27 PM
Do you have a picture or scan of this pic?

Jenrios
02-17-2009, 06:46 PM
I have the actual copy of the mag - I prefer Aussie tennis to the UK mag and the US mag, and subscribe to it. I could scan it in the week - but it's almost A3 size.

Gl3nnVD
02-18-2009, 10:07 PM
Maybe you can scan in the 2 parts (A4 size) and put them together in paint or photoshop.

Björki
02-19-2009, 11:35 AM
I dont understand Spanish, so why is Fer out? :sad:

EL TORNEO SE QUEDA SIN DOS DE SUS CABEZAS DE SERIE
Nadal es baja en Dubai y Verdasco, lejos de la Davis

* Fernando Verdasco, la sensación en el pasado Open de Australia, se cae por partida doble de los Emiratos Árabes y, casi con toda seguridad, de la Copa Davis.

19/02/09 - 11:45.


El diario MARCA publica en su edición de este jueves la noticia de que el torneo ATP de Dubai se ha quedado en dos días sin tres de sus principales favoritos: Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer y Fernando Verdasco, la sensación en el pasado Open de Australia.

En una información que firma Juan Solsona, la inflamación que sufre en el tendón de su rodilla izquierda invita al número uno del mundo a guardar reposo de cara a la disputa de la primera eliminatoria de la Copa Davis ante Serbia -del 6 al 8 de marzo en Benidorn-, mientras que Verdasco se cae por partida doble de los Emiratos Árabes y, casi con toda seguridad, de la lista de Albert Costa.

martine2
02-19-2009, 11:38 AM
Yes, what is wrong with him?
So sad that he can't play DC :awww:

martine2
02-19-2009, 11:41 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8181837&postcount=15

Ankle injury... get well soon :awww:

Björki
02-19-2009, 11:49 AM
Thanks for the link Martine.

Fer :awww: hope he gets well soon.

Jenrios
02-19-2009, 08:06 PM
Maybe you can scan in the 2 parts (A4 size) and put them together in paint or photoshop.


I'll give it a try at the weekend.

Carlita
02-21-2009, 03:13 PM
Semana, 18 February 2009

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pictures of this article : here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8191136&postcount=3385)

sierra91
02-25-2009, 10:22 PM
Does anyone know how he injured the ankle?

Any updates about Indian Wells?

GET WELL SOON, FER!!!!

Carlita
02-26-2009, 01:14 PM
Does anyone know how he injured the ankle?

Any updates about Indian Wells?

GET WELL SOON, FER!!!!he got injured during the Murray match at the AO. As far as we can tell he'll be back at Indian Wells.

sierra91
02-26-2009, 03:35 PM
Thanks!

Sommarsverige
02-26-2009, 09:33 PM
Fer, please get well soon, chico :hug: :worship:

Jenrios
03-01-2009, 07:56 PM
having difficulty with Fer in Aussie Tennis.

Jenrios
03-02-2009, 07:46 PM
I gave up on the scanner, and used my digital camera, and now the file is too big for me to upload - oh, and you can probably tell, I'm a complete IT duffer!

here you go Jen ;)

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2590/feraussiemag.th.jpg (http://img401.imageshack.us/my.php?image=feraussiemag.jpg)

Carlita
03-02-2009, 07:53 PM
I uploaded it to image shack :lol:

Jenrios
03-02-2009, 08:54 PM
LOL Sjouke! I wondered how 'I'd' done that! Thanks!

Eden
04-02-2009, 08:09 AM
:wavey:


Verdasco: Getting the winners in the game

By Steve Tignor

I knew I was making a mistake, but I went ahead anyway.

It was precisely 2:15 p.m. in Indian Wells, the minute when Fernando Verdasco had asked me to come interview him. He’d just finished beating Philipp Kohlschreiber and doing his press conference—total attendees: three, including myself—and he needed to eat some lunch. But he'd only given himself half an hour to do it before I got there. I was skeptical that he’d be ready, but if a player gives you a time to talk, that’s the time when you show up. This would be my best chance all year to track down the most improved ATP player of 2009.

http://tennis.com/uploadedImages/Editorial/General/2009_04_01_verdasco1.jpg
Jeff Gross/Getty Images
With a renewed focus on fitness, Verdasco has entered the Top 10 for the first time in his career.

I spotted Verdasco in a far corner of the cafeteria garden, eating with friends and colleagues, including a new member of his training team, Darren Cahill. Normally I would never venture anywhere near this scene with a notebook in one hand and a tape recorder in the other. But like I said, you can’t take any chances with the pros—for all I knew, Verdasco was going to give me until exactly 2:16 before jumping up and running back to the hotel.

When I got closer, however, my initial suspicions were confirmed. Verdasco hadn’t touched his heaping plate of pasta.

“Should I come back?”

He looked down at this full plate, back up at me, nodded his head, and started to laugh. His friends turned toward me. I gingerly retreated—I may have even walked backwards—to another table and sat down with a guy who works for the ATP tour.

“It’s in the blood,” he said. “He’s Spanish, he’s slow. I know, we’re the same way where I come from. You guys are always on time. You and the Russians.”

We whiled away another 20 minutes in the sun—not an unpleasant way to spend an afternoon, it must be said—before Verdasco, his pasta long gone, made his way over to us. As he does in his press conferences, he hunched forward and spoke in a low monotone. It’s odd: Verdasco seems at first to be the strong, silent type; he doesn’t act or even sound like he should be a talkative guy. But the words just keep coming. Here's his answer to the first question he was asked at the press conference following his loss to Roger Federer in Indian Wells.

Q. It didn't seem like you both played your best game at the same time.

VERDASCO: For me, you know, for my opinion, the match, it was a little bit irregular in either both, like you are saying, for both players. I think either, we didn't play our best tennis in any moment of the match. I was, of course, few moments feeling better than in other ones. But in general, I didn't feel so good tonight, no? I don't think that he also played his best tennis. I think he served well. The serve today was a big key for him. But also, in the beginning, he start making good shots with the forehand. But then also, in the second set, he didn't hit that much more than in the first set. So I think that also me, in the first set, not so much and in the second set I started to hit a little more winners with the forehand and feel a little bit better. But I think either both, we didn't feel our best tonight.

Where his compatriot Rafael Nadal chooses his words with care and speaks only when he’s figured out what he wants to say, Verdasco finds out what he thinks as he’s speaking. If he goes on long enough, he’ll get to the truth eventually. No wonder he and Ana Ivanovic broke up—neither of them must have been able to get a word in edgewise.

Verdasco was polite but guarded when he talked to me. His words kept rumbling out low and fast. After a while, I began to see them less as a means of communication for the Spaniard, and more as way for him to drown out anything revealing or personal. Verdasco is good at saying a whole lot of not too much, without ever sounding like he’s avoiding a question.

To boil it down, he said that his current surge started, in his mind, with his two wins against Argentina in Davis Cup last December, when he felt like “something changed.” He was especially satisfied there because “so many people were questioning me, saying, ‘Verdasco is scared, Verdasco is scared.’”

He said that “getting physically stronger, I know I can play longer and be more patient in rallies,” and that he had been waiting for this moment for “many years.” His loss to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals was the “best match for me, and the ultimate experience on a court.” Verdasco was clearly moved by the fan reaction in Oz—instead of taunting him, they been chanting his name, which was an “unbelievable feeling, I didn’t think that could ever happen.” He said his relationship to fans everywhere had been transformed by that one match.

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The epic Verdasco/Nadal semifinal has become one of the lasting memories of this year's Australian Open.

To get to that semi in Melbourne, Verdasco had upset the favorite of most tennis observers, Andy Murray. Just when the Scot seemed poised for a breakthrough, the Spaniard passed him at the wire. On Thursday he’ll face Murray again in Key Biscayne. More than Federer vs. Nadal, their potential rivalry represents one of tennis’ eternal struggles, the slugger vs. the craftsman.

Verdasco and Murray have both worked their way upward in the past year through raw physical labor. The Scot’s was done with his team of personal trainers and buddies, the Spaniard’s at the Las Vegas gym of Andre Agassi’s old trainer, Gil Reyes. But speaking to Verdasco, you get the sense that his improvement has also been a matter of inspiration, of reassurance that he belongs at the top of the sport. Improving your game is a matter of making physical or technical changes, but winning is a skill that must be embedded in your personality. Verdasco always owned the killer forehand, but that didn’t mean he believed he should win tennis matches. As they said just last December, “Verdasco is scared.” It often looked like he was.

The first of Verdasco’s inspirations was the man who beat him in Australia, Nadal. “We’re not close friends,” he says of his relationship with Rafa, “but we know each other well. We’re both good friends with Feliciano Lopez. What’s most important for me is seeing what Rafa did last year, that he could win Wimbledon.” This was a tournament no Spanish player had won in 40 years. “When you see someone from your country do that, do something no one else did, it motivates everyone. It motivated me and made me think of what I could do.”

It hardly seems a coincidence that Verdasco’s own stunning breakthrough, when he silenced the doubters and clinched the Davis Cup for Spain, came in the same year that Nadal broke the country’s hex at Wimbledon. Anything was possible.

The great college football coach Bear Bryant of Alabama used to say there was really only one surefire strategy: Get the winners in the game. Verdasco took that to heart when he started working with Reyes and Agassi last year.

“At Christmas, I spoke for two hours with Andre [Agassi],” Verdasco said to me. “He told me things I should do more. When I got back from Australia, he hugged me and said he had been so happy watching me. Before Indian Wells, he was telling me little things I should do more or less, some tactical things. We were speaking about tennis all the time.”

If Verdasco was motivated by Nadal and trained by Reyes, he has been emboldened by Agassi. Tennis makes people jumpy, and a couple errors in a row can lead to a total and irrational loss of confidence. You can’t underestimate how much simple reassurance a player needs over the course of a match. This year, Verdasco has gotten it from the best: the tennis fans of Australia, a strong enough force to make Roger Federer cry, and Andre Agassi himself.

He’ll continue to fling in double faults at inopportune moments. He’ll lose his new, patient mind and go for too much at the wrong time. He may even hear people chant “Verdasco is scared” again. But now that he’s got a few of the winners on his side, you get the sense that he won’t believe them anymore.

Source: http://tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=169456

Sommarsverige
04-05-2009, 07:01 PM
Thank you so much for this very nice article, Doris :) :yeah:

Hope you are doing fine :hug:

Jenrios
04-05-2009, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the article!

safinafan
05-09-2009, 03:55 AM
http://www.elpais.com/edigitales/entrevista.html?encuentro=5210&k=Fernando_Verdasco

Los internautas preguntan a Fernando Verdasco

Carlota
¿Qué piensas sobre Rafa Nadal? ¿Hará historia o solo será una "estrella de temporadas"?

Creo que hará historia seugro, y es el mejor tenista de la historia de España y eso estará ahí para siempre. Tenistas como Rafa no salen cada 10 años ni cada 20 ni cada 30, salen muy de vez en cuando en la historia, por eso creo que quedará para la historia, seguro.

Celtics
Está claro que gran parte de tu mejoría se debe al aspecto mental...¿qué pensabas antes cuando fallabas un punto, y qué piensas ahora? Mucha suerte!!! Gracias

Simplemente igual antes era demasiado perfeccionista, me exigía demasiado, y eso era malo, porque me enfadaba y no controlaba la situación. Ahora soy más positivo cuando fallo e intento buscar una solución de una forma más calmada que antes.

Carla
¿Cuál es el sueño que te falta por cumplir en el mundo del tenis, ese que siempre has soñado? Buena suerte para el futuro.

Hay muchos sueños que tengo desde pequeño. llegar a ser número uno y el mejor tenista, que es lo que todos queremos, y ganar Gran Slams o Master Series, los mejores torneos del mundo del tenis, un Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open... Lo que todos los niños que empiezan a jugar al tenis tienen de pequeños.

David
Hola Fernando. En la copa Davis, en el partido de dobles, ibais perdiendo en el tie break del partido por 1-5 con saque de Nalbandián. En ese momento, una aficionada española gritó para descentrar a Nalbandián y éste falló, y a raíz de ahí comenzó vuestra remontada en el tie break para posteriormente ganar el partido. ¿No crees que ese fue el punto de inflexión más importante de toda la eliminatoria? Saludos

Si lo ves a posteriori, igual sí fue importante, porque igual le despistó. A partir de ahí, ganamos nuestro saque, luego volvieron a tener dos saques y los perdieron... Fue un punto importante, pero no sé si sin haber dicho nada ella él hubiese hecho lo mismo, nunca se sabe eso. Fue una circunstancia más de la final. Hubo muchas y tampoco, comparado con todo lo que ellos decían, no fue nada que una mujer española dijese algo cuando ellos lo hacían en cada punto.

Cristina
¡Hola Fernando! Te llevo siguiendo desde hace un tiempo, y veo que eres muy visceral en los partidos y a veces te juega malas pasadas. ¿Crees que es algo que deberías moderar, y tener una mente más fría y "calculadora" como parecen tener otros tenistas? Ánimo desde Galicia y a ganar en Madrid! Besos

Cada persona es diferente, no sé. Está claro que me gustaría tener la cabeza de Rafa, que es el que mejor mentalidad tiene de todos, pero sólo la tiene él. Y mentalmente me encuentro mucho mejor, creo que estoy mejorando e intentaré mejorar más.

Shaky
Hola Fernando! Tu evolución desde la Davis ha sido bestial. ¿Te ves luchando entre los 3 primeros? ¿Cuál es tu torneo favorito y el rival contra el que más te gusta jugar? Gracias y suerte

El rival, todos los rivales son muy duros, y no hay ninguno preferido, todos son muy difíciles y bonitos. Para llegar a estar entre los 4 primeros hay que ganar muchos partidos y a ellos muchas veces. Pero lo intentaré, seguir mejorando cada día y poder poco a poco ir subiendo y estar allí arriba del todo algún día.

Aranzazu
Hola Fernando, me encanta tu celebración extendiendo la mano.. Creo que para cualquier deportista de élite tener un gesto que le haga único es fundamental. ¿Lo haces por algo especial? ¿Qué significa?

Es un gesto que tenemos un amigo mío y yo y ahora como se que ha puesto un poco más de moda, y otros amigos también me lo hacen cuando juego. Es un gesto de mi amigo Claudio y yo y es sólo entre nosotros, sólo nosotros sabemos lo que es.
Oh a mistery!!!:scratch:

Enrique
Hola Fernando, ¿participar en un torneo de Madrid, tu ciudad / comunidad, es para ti un plus de competitividad? ¡Que consigas cumplir tus objetivos!


Sí, es muy importante para mí, y jugar aquí en Madrid siempre me da una motivación extra y tengo muchas ganas. Y más este año en la Caja Mágica, muchas ganas de debutar aquí y de intentar hacerlo lo mejor posible.

Olga
Hola Fernando, Enhorabuena por tu buen juego. ¿De qué forma hay que jugar contra Nadal, y cómo se juega con él en dobles? Gracias

En dobles sólo he jugado en la copa Davis contra Italia, y siempre es bueno tener una pareja tan buena. Contra él siempre es un partido muy duro, lucha cada pelota, y si no llevas la iniciativa y la tiene él no te la devuelve. Ataca y defiende muy bien y hay que estar al cien por cien en cada punto del partido, con un nivel muy alto en cada bola.

EAL
Se dice mucho que ha sido la victoria de la Copa Davis el factor determinante de la mejora de tus resultados pero, ¿qué otras cosas han cambiado para esa mejora tan espectacular?

Ha sido varias cosas, la final en Argentina, también ir a Las Vegas y entrenar con Gill Reyes, me ayudaron a dar un paso más y mejorar más físicay mentalmente, a ver cosas en mi estilo de juego, de cómo debería jugar... Eso me ayudó mucho, e ir a Australia y comenzar la temporada muy bien me dio mucha confianza en el sentido de que podía ganar a cualquier jugador y que tenía que confiar en mi juego.

abel-españa
Hola Fer. Yo creo que junto con Nadal y Ferrer eres uno de nuestros mejores tenistas en la actualidad. Mi pregunta es qué sensaciones te ha dejado la Caja Mágica en tu primer contacto y si vas a ir a ver a Lenny Kravitz esta noche. Gracias y ánimo.

La Caja Mágica me ha sorprendido mucho, las instalaciones son increíbles, tanto ella como las pistas de alrededor, y estoy muy contento de que hayan hecho unas instalaciones tan bonitas en Madrid. Y lo de Lenny Kravitz, en principio sí estaré.


Mensaje de despedida

Daros las gracias a todos por vuestro apoyo. Espero que os siga gustando cómo estoy jugando. Intentaré a mis fans haceros disfrutar lo que pueda y ganar todos los partidos y luchar con todo para ganar todo lo posible.

FlameOn
05-10-2009, 01:57 PM
Thanks Safinafan. I had to go to Google Translator (it's terrible but I got the basic idea of it). It's cool that Nando's still keeping the positive attitude up. :yeah:

Sommarsverige
07-27-2009, 08:38 PM
Here is a very nice interview with Fer found on "Diario de Burgos" where he is playing that exhibition event together with Tommy, Mariano Zabaleta and Willy Cañas :)
Awww, how I still wish I could have been there ;)


Deportes
27/07/2009
Master Tenis Burgos 2016 / Fernando Verdasco
«Jugar dos partidos en pista rápida me va a permitir coger mucha confianza»
«No me obsesiona conseguir torneos; mi reto para 2009 es acudir al Másters». «Nunca es fácil, pero tenemos una gran oportunidad para ganar la Copa Davis»

Fernando Verdasco.

Jorge A. López / Burgos

Cuando el 23 de noviembre Fernando Verdasco derrotó a Acasuso en Mar del Plata y dio a España su tercera ‘Ensaladera’ sin duda entró para siempre en la historia deportiva del país. Ahora, con las semifinales de la Copa Davis y el Másters de Londres en el horizonte, el madrileño pasará por la tierra del Cid para ser la gran estrella del cartel del Máster Burgos 2016.

Jugar ante Argentina le traerá buenos recuerdos, ¿no?
No tiene nada que ver un torneo con el otro, pero sin duda jugar contra Argentina va a ser siempre muy importante para mí.

¿La victoria en Mar de Plata es el mejor momento de su carrera?
Deportivamente sin duda, pero también a nivel personal puede serlo. Ganar mi primer título profesional en Valencia, en el año 2004, fue especial, pero una Copa Davis es siempre diferente.
Más teniendo en cuanta que con la ausencia de Nadal los argentinos eran teóricos favoritos.
La Copa Davis no es ni Nadal ni Verdasco ni Feliciano; es España. Rafa es importantísimo para nosotros y su presencia siempre es positiva, pero los que jugamos cada eliminatoria siempre salimos a por todas. Quizás la gente no confiaba en la victoria tanto como nosotros mismos, pero lo importante era que nosotros sí que creíamos que podíamos ganar.

¿Se siente desde entonces más respetado a nivel mediático?
En general sí, aunque la prensa quizás te valora en exceso por el momento en el que te encuentras. Se olvida fácilmente lo que has conseguido en el pasado. Cuando logras algo bueno te ponen por las nubes y cuando los resultados no acompañan recibes muchas críticas. Juan Carlos Ferrero es el último ejemplo; tras darnos el quinto punto ante Alemania se le ha vuelto a subir a los altares. En ocasiones parece que no se permite a los deportistas tener un mal día.

Su año está siendo espectacular, pero está faltando ganar torneos, ¿por qué?
No es una utopía ganar títulos, pero hay, además de Federer y Nadal, jugadores como Murray, Djokovic, Roddick, Davydenko, Del Potro, Ferrer, Karlovic... que están a un nivel altísimo y en cuanto un día no estás concentrado al cien por cien, te ganan. Por eso no es fácil apuntarse un torneo. Pero, aparte de eso, no me obsesiona ganar en este 2009 un título, lo que pretendo es mantenerme en el Top Ten para aspirar a acabar la temporada entre los primeros y acudir al Másters de Londres. Si me dan a elegir entre ganar algún torneo importante quedándome fuera de Londres o estar en el Másters sin ganar torneos, elijo lo segundo.

¿Ha decrecido algo su rendimiento desde Roland Garros?
Quizás en las últimas semanas he necesitado descanso. Después de París estuve bastante cansado y no tuve en los primeros torneos de hierba el rendimiento que esperaba. Ya en Wimbledon me encontré mejor, pero me crucé con Ivo Karlovic, que tuvo su día. Después también en la Copa Davis acumulé muchísimo cansancio con tres días de competición seguidos y me pasó factura ante Kohlschreiber y, de hecho, en Bastad (Suecia), sufrí un tirón que me obligó a retirarme y renunciar a Hamburgo. Y es una lástima, porque Bastad es un torneo que perfectamente podía aspirar a ganar.

Una pena, ¿no?
Esta experiencia demuestra que no es bueno cargarse en exceso de torneos por el simple hecho de rellenar palmarés; hay que tener la cabeza fría para llegar bien a los grandes torneos, que son los que dan más puntos para mantenerse en un buen puesto del ranking de la ATP.
Ahora llega la gira americana con pista rápida, ¿cómo se encuentra en esta superficie?
Sin duda ha sido donde mejor me he sentido esta temporada. En el Open de Australia (semifinalista tras caer ante Nadal) y en Indian Wells y Miami, donde llegué dos veces a cuartos de final perdiendo ante Federer y Murray, di la que pienso que es mi mejor versión. Por eso me motiva la gira americana, considero que puedo hacer unos buenos torneos que me permitan llegar al Másters de Londres.

¿Ha podido recuperar lo suficiente para afrontar estos torneos con garantías?
Me dijeron que estuviera siete días parado para recuperar bien el gemelo y el sábado, cuando empecé de nuevo a entrenar, las sensaciones fueron positivas porque no sentí molestias de ningún tipo.

El Máster Burgos 2016 es, por lo tanto, un buen test para usted.
Quiero destacar que el Máster Burgos 2016 es una iniciativa muy buena y a nivel personal me va a servir mucho: dos partidos en pista rápida me permitirán ver cómo me encuentro y marcharme a Las Vegas a entrenar mucho más rodado y con más confianza.

¿Le llama la atención que el torneo burgalés se dispute en pista rápida siendo la tierra lo más habitual en España?
Los españoles siempre hemos sido más jugadores de tierra, pero este año también va a haber un torneo de pista rápida en Valencia y, hasta la construcción de la Caja Mágica, el Máster de Madrid se disputaba en esta superficie. Es algo que empieza a no ser tan raro.

Volviendo a la Davis, ¿está España en disposición de repetir?
Creo que tras las derrotas de Argentina, Estados Unidos y Rusia se han abierto mucho las posibilidades. Además Israel, aunque por supuesto hay que respetarles porque si están en semifinales es por algo, es analizando el ranking de sus jugadores un buen sorteo para nosotros, somos favoritos.

¿Y a quién prefiere en la final?
Como digo, primero hay que eliminar a Israel, pero sin duda prefiero a la República Checa porque significaría jugar en casa. Si nos tocara jugar en Croacia sería muy complicado. Los croatas pondrían una pista muy rápida y con Karlovic y Marin Cilic no habría un favorito claro. De todas maneras, creo que tenemos una muy buena ocasión para repetir título.

Carlita
07-27-2009, 10:50 PM
Fer beat Mariano 6-2 6-3

Gl3nnVD
07-28-2009, 08:05 PM
Well done!

sweeticecream
07-29-2009, 07:22 PM
News and photos about the exho in Burgos:

http://www.burgosdeporte.com/not_principal.asp?id=2369

http://www.diariodeburgos.es/seccion.cfm/Galerias/todo/master/tenis/C0210993-1A64-968D-594B9970421493B9

http://www.diariodeburgos.es/seccion.cfm/Galerias/gran/final/master/tenis/C618AD60-1A64-968D-5990C446C94508A6

Sommarsverige
07-29-2009, 08:12 PM
Thanks soooo much for the pics, sweeticecream :hug:

The pics are great, unfortunately they are no high-resolution pics ;)

Jenrios
08-16-2009, 09:44 PM
Flying out to Las Vegas, I was given a free copy of Hello! to read on the flight - with 2 pages of Fer inside! Wow! He made it into the UK version!

Carlita
08-16-2009, 10:06 PM
Flying out to Las Vegas, I was given a free copy of Hello! to read on the flight - with 2 pages of Fer inside! Wow! He made it into the UK version!:eek: wow

Gl3nnVD
08-17-2009, 07:30 PM
Well done Fer! lol

Jenrios
08-17-2009, 08:21 PM
and it wasn't even Wimby related either:)

Jenrios
08-21-2009, 08:28 PM
Fer is in the Sept issue of Ace - 1 full page black and white picture and 3 pages of pictures and text. Erm, it' titled 'Player or Playboy'.

Gl3nnVD
08-21-2009, 10:59 PM
Such an original title... *sigh*

That being said... where can I find the article/pictures?

Jenrios
08-23-2009, 09:30 PM
I think Sjoukje maybe able to scan it and post it. And they recognise him as a player;)

FlameOn
10-25-2009, 01:19 PM
I found this really nice article from October 25th. Not sure if I like the "Playboy" label but everything else - great.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6888676.ece

So many articles have talked about Fer's Davis Cup success last year but it's always great to re-read. It's also nice he got to talk with Andre again when he went to Las Vegas just recently. :)

Seville
12-10-2009, 11:47 PM
Verdasco to Spain's Prime Minister: "We like to be treated as equals"

Fernando Verdasco felt "surprised" by the statements of the Prime Minister during the celebratory reception to honour the Davis Cup-winning team. Zapatero focused his praises on Nadal, which "surprised us all," said Verdasco.

Fernando Verdasco, en declaraciones a Radio Marca, ha analizado las palabras del presidente del Ejecutivo durante la recepción que dio al equipo vencedor de la Copa Davis. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero se saltó el guión e individualizó sus elogios en Nadal: "Rafa, te queremos. Eres un magnífico símbolo y embajador del deporte y de cómo hacer las cosas".

El tenista madrileño ha reconocido que Zapatero "se refiriese a tan sólo un jugador nos sorprendió un poco a todos". "Sinceramente, en el equipo nos sorprendió a todos. Lo estuvimos comentando, ya que siempre hablamos sobre el espíritu de equipo en la Copa Davis. Para nosotros es lo más importante", ha indicado elogiando a David Ferrer y Feliciano López, también artífices de la victoria ante la República Checa.

El número dos del tenis español ha indicado que son un equipo. "A nosotros en la Copa Davis nos gusta que nos traten por igual, seamos el uno, el dos o el tres".

Posteriormente, Verdasco ha querido quitar algo de hierro, afirmando que "tampoco es plan de ponerse ahora a decir cosas. No fue lo perfecto pero tampoco fue algo horrible".

FlameOn
12-11-2009, 12:01 AM
Thanks Seville. :)

In February, Fer will play the tournament in Memphis for the first time, and will play against Pete Sampras in an exo. http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jiE0hPrhYcwxlQSD89qNR9Gxmb8A http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/dec/10/in-the-news-spaniard-fernando-verdasco-commits-to-/

Arkulari
12-15-2009, 06:12 PM
wow, great news for Nando, those kind of exhos are usually for big stars or american players :yeah:

Jenrios
12-17-2009, 08:48 PM
Verdasco to Spain's Prime Minister: "We like to be treated as equals"

Fernando Verdasco felt "surprised" by the statements of the Prime Minister during the celebratory reception to honour the Davis Cup-winning team. Zapatero focused his praises on Nadal, which "surprised us all," said Verdasco.

Quite right Fer!!!!

FlameOn
12-20-2009, 12:16 PM
I wish there was some word about Fer's off-season training and surgery etc. I'd probably guess that he'd have probably had it done and would be back to training by now. You'd hope so anyway, so close to the new season. :scared:

Seville
12-25-2009, 10:02 PM
AO semifinal Nadal-Verdasco. Match of the year (Steve Tignor, Tennis Magazine)

Going to the Ledge

Each year at the U.S. Open, we’re told that the tournament hasn’t really begun until we get a five-set match that goes deep into the night. For tennis fans in American time zones, the Australian Open doesn’t feel like the Australian Open until we wake up one morning before work, sip our coffee, flip idly through a few channels, and find a tennis match that’s being played live in Melbourne. You may have set your DVR to tape it at 3:00 A.M., but it’s too late to go back to the start now.

You're compelled to keep watching because, whether it’s Safin vs. Federer, Roddick vs. El Aynaoui, or Baghdatis vs. Hewitt, the first thing you hear is the buzz of disbelief inside Rod Laver Arena about what’s happening down on the court—you may not know the score yet, but the moment sounds historic. That’s how it sounded again this past January when I woke up and discovered Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco deep in the fourth set, and the fourth hour, of their semifinal in Melbourne. There was a lot of scampering, spinning, and sneaker-squeaking going on, but the first shot I remember seeing was a forehand by Verdasco that was positively hammered, straight and flat, past Nadal. It wasn’t even close to the sideline, yet Rafa was nowhere near it. The shot gave Verdasco six set points to take it to a fifth and had fans in the arena on their feet. It only got better from there. It was hard to imagine that this match would be topped over the next 12 months; despite two other very strong contenders, it wasn't.

—We get snippets of the reactions of the Aussie announcers in these clips. The first word we hear, appropriately enough, is “sensational.” As the match progresses and the shots keep coming, the announcers go from saying words to just making sounds, like “Oh!” and “Ah!” and “OHHHH!!!”

—This is the third match in my Top 10 from the Australian Open. We see again that the court inspires hard-hitting even as it allows the other guy to run down those hard-hit shots. And we see again that the break before the tournament allowed a guy like Verdasco, who had spent the off-season training with Gil Reyes in Las Vegas, a chance to improve his game before the weekly grind began to take its toll. Which, eventually, it did. Will there be another surprise like Verdasco in Melbourne in 2010? Who might it be?

—Some facts: At 5 hours and 14 minutes, it was the longest match in Aussie Open history. The first set alone took 75 minutes. Verdasco hit 95 winners overall. The final score was 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (1-7), 6-4.

—Writing about the Aussie Open final a few days ago, I mentioned that Nadal, when he’s feeling upbeat about his game, is very good at being tactically one-dimensional. In other words, he’s very good at finding the right moment not to be one-dimensional. He finds that moment early in the first-set tiebreaker, when he sneaks in behind a deep ground stroke and slides a forehand drop volley an inch over the net. Verdasco isn’t expecting it, and is nowhere near it.

—This match opened up as it went along, as both guys got comfortable enough to improvise. Was it something about the fact that they’re both left-handed? I’m also left-handed, and while I hate playing fellow lefties with strong serves, it can be an intriguing novelty to get into rallies with them. Instead of belting every ball crosscourt, to a right-hander’s backhand, you find yourself backing up to your right and looping the ball inside-out with your forehand from there, trying to get it into your opponent’s backhand. You can see in this match that Nadal and Verdasco are both trying to make this dynamic work for them. Whoever is hitting the forehand to the other player’s backhand will control most of the points. It makes for a kind of reverse chess match from the one we usually see in baseline tennis, and it contributed to the uniquely creative rallies we saw from Nadal and Verdasco. Who says you need a contrast in styles to produce classic tennis?

—No rally was more creative or improvisatory than the one that gave Nadal a set point (or was it a break point?) in the third. All of the slices and sidespins, as well as Nadal’s killer final hook shot from way outside the court, made the point feel almost playful.
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—Then, in the fourth set, there’s another shift. You can hear it on Verdasco’s strings. He’s gone beyond playful and improvisatory and just started clubbing his shots, yet he’s lost none of his accuracy. With that nice, high, true bounce, the ball must have looked like a basketball coming into him. As for Nadal, whether he was rolling over it, around it, or under it, his spin gave him so much control that the ball looked like it was on a string after he hit it. It seemed, on this day, that he had finally made his slice into a weapon. By season's end, he wasn’t hitting it half as well.

—At 4-5, 30-40 in the fifth set, after five hours, Nadal and Verdasco had each won 192 points. Then Verdasco, who seemed to have left his old, unreliable self behind for good, reverted to form and double-faulted. Nadal finished the match flat on his back, while Verdasco was bent double on the other side of the net.

—I’ve said in my round-ups of 2009 that this was the year of the tear, of the Emotional Generation baring its soul. Most of those emotions came out on the trophy stand, but in this match, Nadal's eyes went glassy with tears before the final point, something I can’t remember ever seeing before from a male player. The picture of that moment, above, is a fitting testament to the 2009 season.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451599e69e20128767985e3970c-800wi

If going to the ledge so often, both mentally and physically, shaves a couple years off of Rafael Nadal's career, so be it. Because of him, and because of his performances in matches like this, we've gotten to see just how far the sport can push a man.

FlameOn
12-26-2009, 09:26 AM
At 4-5, 30-40 in the fifth set, after five hours, Nadal and Verdasco had each won 192 points. Then Verdasco, who seemed to have left his old, unreliable self behind for good, reverted to form and double-faulted.

So sad. :sobbing: But so true as well. :( Oh well, hopefully a fresher Fer with no foot injury will be even more reliable. :)

Seville
12-26-2009, 11:57 AM
AO semifinal Nadal-Verdasco. Match of the year (Tennistalk, Ricky Dimon)

2009 Match of the Year: Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando Verdasco

The Tennistalk panel has voted and the writers have spoken. After an almost unanimous vote, the Australian Open semifinal between Nadal and Verdasco has been named the 2009 ATP Tour Match of the Year.

http://santoshgjoshi.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/b_nadal_verdasco_30_01.jpg

It was the longest match in the history of the Australian Open.

Longer than the Muller-Lopez first-round thriller that had initially been recorded at five hours and 35 minutes. Longer than Roddick-El Aynaoui in 2003. (For history buffs) Longer than Sampras-Mayotte in 1990 and Noah-Smith in 1988. Longer—just barely—than Becker-Camporese in 1991.

After five hours and 14 minutes of inspirational tennis, Rafael Nadal outlasted fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7(1), 6-4 in an epic semifinal on Friday night, January 30.

It was not simply the longest match in tournament history. It was also, without question, one of the best.

Refusing to wilt under the Australian summer heat or amidst the pressure of a Grand Slam semifinal, both competitors—remarkably—sustained a jaw-dropping level of tennis throughout all 314 minutes of their spirited, incredibly well-played clash.

Verdasco, having never previously sniffed the final weekend of a Grand Slam, blasted 95 winners past Nadal. Has anyone ever—and I mean EVER—struck 95 shots within the lines yet beyond the reach of a player of Nadal’s defensive caliber?

Nadal, meanwhile, fired more than twice as many winners (52) as unforced errors. The tournament’s No. 1 seed committed a mere 25 mistakes over the course of the entire match. For those counting, that means Nadal made one unforced error—just one—every 12 minutes and 34 seconds. Are you serious?

Keep in mind, furthermore, that a significant percentage of the points consisted of marathon, hard-to-believe rallies. Only 33 points resulted in aces. Still, in brilliant fashion, Nadal and Verdasco combined for 46 more winners than errors.

They played 59 games and 385 points. Prior to the 385th and final point of the instant classic, it was all even: Nadal 192, Verdasco 192.

A heavy underdog against an opponent whom he had never defeated in six career attempts, Verdasco went toe to toe with Nadal until the very last second. Serving to stay alive at 4-5 in the fifth set, Verdasco saved two match points at 0-40 and 30-40, both with swinging volley winners.

"In the last game, at 0-40, I started to cry," Nadal explained afterward. "It was too much tension."

And he was right. It was too much.

At long last, on match point number three, Verdasco finally cracked. A double-fault brought an end to the gut-wrenching drama. When it ended, of course, the two players collapsed to the ground simultaneously; one in the joy of victory, one in the agony of defeat, both in physical and mental exhaustion.

"I lost after five hours, but I need to be proud for the level I played today," said a valiant Verdasco. "It was an unbelievable match. We both played unbelievable. I’m so proud. For sure I will have this match in my mind all my life."

"Today was one of those matches you're going to remember a long time," Nadal concluded.

Amen to that.

Seville
12-26-2009, 12:28 PM
AO semifinal Nadal-Verdasco. Match of the year, Gototennis (Honor Rovai)


BEST TENNIS MATCH OF 2009
TOP PICK: Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco in the Australian Open semifinals: 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4

http://estaticos04.marca.com/imagenes/2009/01/30/opinion/firmas/1233329080_0.jpg

“But today was, yeah, one of these matches you gonna remember long time, no? Well, the emotion was big, because in the last game with the Love‑40 I start to cry. Was too much tension, no?” – Rafael Nadal after the match.

There are tennis matches that are great because of drama (Soderling vs. Rafa in Paris) or because of an underdog’s determination to win (Oudin vs. Sharapova at the US Open.) But the best kinds of matches involve two top talents playing their best possible tennis for the highest of stakes. And in my mind, Nadal vs. Verdasco Down Under was the purest example of this kind of play.

I defy you not to tingle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEGuJqYG7VA&feature=player_embedded

Besides the extreme shot-making and the fantastic night match atmosphere, we were also treated to ‘Nando’s crazy face and starfish hand:

http://www.as.com/img/tenis/fotos%20directos/verdascoset4.jpg

http://img.saliraganar.com/2009/01/FernandoVerdascosemis.jpg

And the match wasn’t a fluke – Rafa, of course, won his first hard court major that Sunday, showing incredible resilience to beat Roger Federer in another five set match. Verdasco had a career best year, finishing strong with a rookie appearance at the World Tour Finals and a doubles victory in the Davis Cup final. (Although in ‘Nando’s case, I wonder if he’ll ever play as well as he did when he lost to Rafael Nadal.)

nicky_1986
12-30-2009, 01:27 PM
Hi all! Do you guys know if Nando and Camilla Belle are still together??!!!

FlameOn
12-31-2009, 12:55 PM
Fer's not entered any ATP tournaments up till the AO. Instead he will play the exo at Kooyong, Australia, from Jan. 13-16. :) http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/players.php

It's understandable that he's wanting a bit of extra prep time. I just hope he has significant match practice as he tries to tackle the task of defending his AO semi. Go Fer! :D

Gl3nnVD
12-31-2009, 01:48 PM
Hi all! Do you guys know if Nando and Camilla Belle are still together??!!!

They're just friends...

VerdASSco
12-31-2009, 01:50 PM
Fer and CB were spotted at tennis stadium in Las Vegas - I knew it couldn't be Gil Reyes Fer was so keen to see. I guess they're friends with benefits?

Gl3nnVD
12-31-2009, 03:09 PM
No comment :-p