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Paire beats Raonic at ATP's Stockholm Open

Paire beats Raonic at ATP's Stockholm Open

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Benoit Paire ousted second-seeded Milos Raonic in Friday's quarterfinal action at the ATP's If Stockholm Open in Sweden.
Ferrer in come-from-behind win at Stockholm Open

Ferrer in come-from-behind win at Stockholm Open

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- David Ferrer came from behind Thursday and earned a place in the quarterfinals of the If Stockholm Open ATP tennis tournament.
Janowicz drops just 3 games in Stockholm Open win

Janowicz drops just 3 games in Stockholm Open win

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- No. 3-seeded Jerzy Janowicz dropped just three games in claiming a second-round win Wednesday at the Stockholm Open ATP tennis tournament.
Djokovic loses just two games in Shanghai Masters match

Djokovic loses just two games in Shanghai Masters match

SHANGHAI, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic, in his first match since officially losing the world No. 1 ranking, dropped just two games Wednesday in a rout at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Pospisil, Paire advance on Shanghai upsets

Pospisil, Paire advance on Shanghai upsets

SHANGHAI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Vasek Pospisil and Benoit Paire both ousted seeded players in first-round matches Tuesday at the ATP's Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Djokovic wins three-set challenge at China Open

Djokovic wins three-set challenge at China Open

BEIJING, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic, seeking to hold onto the world No. 1 ranking, survived a three-set scare Thursday in a second-round match at the ATP's China Open.
Ferrer wins third-set tiebreaker to advance at China Open

Ferrer wins third-set tiebreaker to advance at China Open

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Third-seeded David Ferrer needed a third-set tiebreaker Tuesday to advance out of the first round of the China Open tennis tournament.
Garcia-Lopez beats Youzhny, makes St. Petersburg quarters

Garcia-Lopez beats Youzhny, makes St. Petersburg quarters

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ousted second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny in a second-round match Wednesday at the St. Petersburg Open tennis tournament in Russia.
Rafael Nadal breezes, Kei Nishikori upended at U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal breezes, Kei Nishikori upended at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Rafael Nadal stayed on a roll with a first-round win but 11th-seeded Kei Nishikori fell in an upset Monday on the opening day of the U.S. Open.

Querrey earns spot in Winston-Salem semifinals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- No. 6 seed Sam Querrey rolled into the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Ricards Berankis.

Querrey top seed left at Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Sam Querrey became the highest seed remaining Wednesday when he outlasted Jarkko Nieminen in the third round of the Winston-Salem Open.

Most seeded players advance at Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy was ousted from the Winston-Salem Open Tuesday in three sets by U.S. qualifier Steve Johnson.
Haase back in semifinals in Austria

Haase back in semifinals in Austria

KITZBUHEL, Austria, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Robin Haase gained a semifinals spot in the bet-at-home Cup tournament in Austria with an upset Thursday of Fernando Verdasco.
Monaco, Verdasco win at ATP stop in Austria

Monaco, Verdasco win at ATP stop in Austria

KITZBUHEL, Austria, July 31 (UPI) -- Highly seeded Juan Monaco and Fernando Verdasco claimed straight-set wins Wednesday in second-round play at the bet-at-home Cup tennis tournament in Austria.
Federer given stern test by Florian Mayer

Federer given stern test by Florian Mayer

HAMBURG, Germany, July 19 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer survived a stiff challenge from Florian Mayer before claiming a three-set win in the quarterfinals of the German Tennis Championships.
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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)
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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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