Federer rolls in Australian Open opener

Federer rolls in Australian Open opener

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer rolled through his first-round match Tuesday in his attempt to win a third consecutive Australian Open.
Tursunov gets better of Gasquet in Sydney

Tursunov gets better of Gasquet in Sydney

SYDNEY, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Dmitry Tursunov ousted top-seeded Richard Gasquet in second-round play Wednesday at the Medibank International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia.
Blake ousted from Medibank International

Blake ousted from Medibank International

SYDNEY, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion James Blake was ousted in straight sets Monday in the first round of the Medibank International tennis tournament in Sydney.

Murray wins St. Petersburg Open final

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Scotland's Andy Murray Sunday trounced Spain's Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to capture the title at the St. Petersburg Open Tennis Tournament.

Murray survives at the St. Petersurg Open

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Andy Murray of Scotland and Spain's Fernando Verdasco Saturday won semifinal matches at the Saint Petersburg Open Tennis Tournament.

High seeds advance at St. Petersburg Open

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Andy Murray, Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Verdasco Friday won their quarterfinal matches at the St. Petersburg Open Tennis Tournament.

Davydenko loses at St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko Thursday lost his second-round match to Marin Cilic, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, at the St. Petersburg Open in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Davydenko moves on at St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Nikolay Davydenko led Wednesday's winners at the $1 million St. Petersburg Open at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nadal wins second-round match

MADRID, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal advanced past the second round of the Madrid Masters Wednesday, but James Blake was ousted by Mario Ancic.

Murray, Baghdatis, Ginepri win in Madrid

MADRID, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Britain's Andy Murray, Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis and American Robby Ginepri were among Monday's first-round winners at the Madrid Masters tennis tournament.

Karlovic blasts way into Japan Open semis

TOKYO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Ivo Karlovic reached the 1,000-service ace mark for the year during his upset Friday of Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals of the $832,000 Japan Open.

Lopez moves into Japan Open quarterfinals

TOKYO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Feliciano Lopez posted an upset victory Thursday and earned a quarterfinal berth against top-seeded David Ferrer in the $832,000 Japan Open.

Nieminen beaten at Japan Open

TOKYO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- No. 5-seeded Jarkko Nieminen was defeated Wednesday but the rest of the top-rated players posted second-round wins in the $832,000 Japan Open.

Tursunov, Becker to meet in Bangkok final

BANGKOK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and Germany's Benjamin Becker won semifinal matches Saturday and will play Sunday for the Thailand Open championship.

Tursunov, Verdasco win in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Dmitry Tursunov and Fernando Verdasco each rallied for quarterfinal wins Friday at the $550,000 Thailand Open.
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Fernando Verdasco
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco hits a shot during his French Open third-round match against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro at Roland Garros in Paris on May 29, 2009. Verdasco defeated Almagro 6-2, 7-6, 7-6. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Fernando Verdasco Carmona (born 15 November 1983 in Madrid, Spain) is a professional tennis player. He is currently ranked number 22 in the world. Verdasco started playing tennis at four years of age and had a full-time coach when he was eight. As of 2009, Verdasco has been working in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi and his team including Darren Cahill (Agassi's former coach) and Gil Reyes (Agassi's fitness coach). Verdasco has aided Spain in winning two Davis Cup titles, winning the deciding match in both 2008 and 2009. His best performance in a Grand Slam was making the semi-finals of the 2009 Australian Open where he lost to compatriot and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in five sets, in what was the longest match in Australian Open history.

He turned professional in 2001, finishing as world number 464. 2002 was a good year for him, as he won his first Futures category title in Spain F1 and was runner-up in Spain F3. He played his second career challenger in Segovia, where he reached the final after beating Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov in the semifinals. He then reached two additional Challenger semifinals in Kiev and in Eckental, finishing the year in the top 200, at 173. 2002 also finished strongly off the court, as Fernando finished runner-up in a closely contested 'Best Abs in Castilla La Mancha'. He reportedly celebrated by eating a whole leg of ham at christmas.

In 2003, Verdasco played his first Masters Series tournament (Miami Masters). He joined the main draw as a qualifier, and after defeating Karol Kučera and Max Mirnyi, he lost to countryman Carlos Moyà in the third round. After this good performance, he had a poor season on clay, and then he lost in the first round of Wimbledon against Finn Jarkko Nieminen in five sets. Then Verdasco played in Cincinnati, where he lost to Andy Roddick in straight sets. He reached the third round at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Thai Paradorn Srichaphan after defeating countryman Tommy Robredo in the first round and Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round.

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