Player Profiles

(9) Fernando Verdasco

  • DOB: 15/11/1983
  • Nationality: ESP
  • Became Pro: 2001
  • Height: 1.88
Verdasco - semi-finalist two years ago.

Player Profile

The Spanish left-hander is best known in Melbourne for his run to the semi-finals back in 2009.

That year he beat Andy Murray and only just lost to Rafael Nadal, the pair being involved in the longest match in the tournament's history; it took Nadal five hours and 14 minutes to prevail.

Since then, Verdasco has been a regular feature in the world's top 10.

Possessing a good serve and a potent forehand, the 27-year-old likes the hardcourts which help his shot-making ability, but he is arguably even more effective on the clay - a surface on which he has won three of his five ATP titles.

Asking him to add to that tally here may be expecting too much, but he is certainly a player capable of causing the true elite problems.

Ten-year Grand Slam History

Australian Open ---R4R4SFR2R2R2R2
French Open -R2R3R3R4R4R4R4R2R1
Wimbledon -QFR3R2R1R4R4R3R4R2
US Open ----QFQFR3R3R3R4

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Nadal: On the verge of history Federer: Defending champion Djokovic: Champion in 2008 Soderling: Rising star Murray: Runner-up last year Berdych: Struggled to find consistency Ferrer: Consistent if unspectacular Roddick: Big-hitting threat Verdasco - semi-finalist two years ago. Youzhny - impressive end to 2010. Monfils - knows how to celebrate. Melzer - fine season in 2010. Tsonga - finalist here in 2008. Almagro - made quarter-finals last season. Cilic - semi-finalist in 2010. Fish - best-ever season in 2010.
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