Fernando Verdasco

Djokovic Shuts Down Stepanek to Advance to Qatar Open Semis

January 5, 2017

Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Doha late Thursday afternoon. Battling the wind as well as the 38-year-old Czech veteran’s crafty and unorthodox style of play, Djokovic, seeded No. 2, won a spot in Friday’s semifinals against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Rublev Downs Olivetti in Opening Round at Quimper Challenger

March 1, 2016

Qualifier Andrey Rublev took down French wild card Albano Olivetti 6-4, 7-6 (9) in a first-round battle at the Quimper Challenger last night — a match replete with big serving and lots of heavy hitting. Rublev, who withstood Olivetti’s 24 aces while hitting 15 of his own, won most of the big points and showed […]

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Nerves Causing Travails for Nadal

March 31, 2015

A peculiar thing happened to Rafael Nadal on the way to losing to Fernando Verdasco at the Miami Open on Sunday afternoon. While Verdasco’s 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 third-round win over Nadal was his second in a row over the former world No. 1 after 13 straight losses, it’s not like Verdasco has found some new […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon

June 22, 2014

Early round upsets aren’t all that unusual at Wimbledon, which opens its two-week run tomorrow. Last year, Rafael Nadal, fresh off his eighth French Open title, was bounced in the opening round by unheralded Steve Darcis of Belgium. Roger Federer fell several days later in a second-round upset at the hands of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. […]

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Tomic Stuns Verdasco in Aussie Thriller

January 16, 2012

Aussie young gun Bernard Tomic stole the show on opening day of the Australian Open Monday, staging an epic comeback in sweltering afternoon heat to defeat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in four hours and 11 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. The 19-year-old Tomic — Australia’s top-ranked men’s player at No. […]

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Roddick Derails Raonic Express in Memphis

February 21, 2011

Top-seeded Andy Roddick outlasted Canadian upstart Milos Raonic 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5 yesterday to win the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis for the third time. The win was Roddick’s 30th career title in 50 finals and ended the eight-match winning streak of one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour. “Winning tennis […]

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Raonic Defeats Verdasco Again

February 17, 2011

It was deja vu all over again. For the second time in four days, Milos Raonic handed No. 9-ranked Fernando Verdasco a stunning defeat. Raonic edged Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) last night in the first round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. Sunday, the 20-year-old Canadian upset Verdasco 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) […]

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Raonic Upsets Verdasco for SAP Open Title

February 14, 2011

Milos Raonic won his first ATP Tour title last night, defeating top seed and defending champion Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in the final of the SAP Open at San Jose. The 20-year-old unseeded Canadian became the youngest winner on the ATP Tour since then 19-year-old Marin Cilic captured the New Haven title in […]

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Soderling Whips Monfils to Win Paris Masters

November 14, 2010

Robin Soderling dashed French hopes twice in two days at the Paris Masters. The fourth-seeded Swede defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (1) in the Paris Masters final earlier today, capturing his first Masters Series shield and second title of the year. Soderling knocked out Monfils’ fellow countryman Michael Llodra in the semifinals on Saturday. […]

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