Kuerten advances in Brazil

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Gustavo Kuerten fought off teen-ager Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, to move into the quarterfinals Wednesday at the Brazil Open.

Massu, Gonzalez advance at Bellsouth Open

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Top seed Nicolas Massu made quick work of Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of the Bellsouth Open on Tuesday.

Dupuis, Ferrer advance at Tata Open tennis

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Eighth seed Anthony Dupuis of France on Monday needed to save one match point to advance to the second round of the Tata Open.

Ferreira advances at Masters Series Madrid

MADRID, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Wayne Ferreira of South Africa opened play at the $2.95 million Masters Series Madrid Monday with a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) victory over Ivan Ljubicic.

Five seeds advance at Japan Open

TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Top seed Rainer Schuettler cruised Tuesday and four other seeds also advanced in the second round of the Japan Open.

Norman retires in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Magnus Norman was forced to retire Friday in his quarterfinal match against top-seed Jiri Novak at the Shanghai Open.

Novak, Norman reach quarters

SHANGHAI, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Top seed Jiri Novak and seventh-seeded Magnus Norman became the first players to advance to the quarterfinals Wednesday at the Shanghai Open.

Robredo, El Aynaoui advance

COMMACK, N.Y., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain was a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner over unseeded Argentine Jose Acasuso Monday in TD Waterhouse Cup.

No. 2 seed Safin ousted at Valencia

VALENCIA, Spain, April 29 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Russian Marat Safon was bounced in the first round of the Valencia Open on Tuesday, suffering a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Franco Squillari of Argentin

Safin enjoys successful return

BARCELONA, Spain, April 22 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Open champion Marat Safin returned Tuesday three weeks after an injury scare and defeated Spanish qualifier Salvador Navarro, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the

Schuettler ousted in first round

ESTORIL, Portugal, April 8 (UPI) -- Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler was bounced out in the first round of the Estoril Open, absorbing a defeat Monday from clay specialist Feliciano Lope

Rios ousts Ferrero in Miami

MIAMI, March 23 (UPI) -- Playing at one of his favorite venues, former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios turned in one of his best performances of the year Sunday when he ousted third seed Juan

Moya reaches quarterfinals

SOPOT, Poland, July 24 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Carlos Moya cruised past Russian Andrei Stoliarov Wednesday, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals of the Idea Prokom Open.

Novak, Sanchez-Vicario advance

SOPOT, Poland, July 23 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Jiri Novak of Czech Republic and third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain led a

Top-seed Ferrero wins Estoril opener

ESTORIL, Portugal, April 9 (UPI) -- Top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero opened defense of his Estoril Open Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-2 first-round victory over France's Cedric Pioline.
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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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