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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.
If we look at Laura Robson's year on a whole - it's been good in the Grand Slams but it's been poor elsewhere.
New LTA CEO Michael Downey played a pivotal part in increasing participation in his old job as President of Tennis Canada and I think finally the LTA has woken up that this is essential for a governing body do.