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Del Potro takes first-round match in the Netherlands

Del Potro takes first-round match in the Netherlands

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Defending champion and top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Gael Monfils Wednesday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands.
Gasquet and Tsonga put France in Davis Cup quarterfinals

Gasquet and Tsonga put France in Davis Cup quarterfinals

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga posted a win in doubles Saturday and clinched a first-round Davis Cup series for France over Australia.
Haas-Kohlschreiber beat Spain, advance Germany in Davis Cup

Haas-Kohlschreiber beat Spain, advance Germany in Davis Cup

BELGRADE, Serbia, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber paired up for a doubles win that clinched a Davis Cup quarterfinal spot for Germany and eliminated Spain.
Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Florian Mayer won in five sets to back a Philipp Kohlschreiber victory Friday and put Germany ahead 2-0 in a Davis Cup first-round series against Spain.
Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco were teamed together for the key doubles match for Spain in its Davis Cup first-round series in Germany.
Del Potro ousted at Australian Open

Del Potro ousted at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Roberto Bautista Agut, playing into early Friday, ousted fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in a second-round match at the Australian Open.
Nadal, Murray advance on hot day at Australian Open

Nadal, Murray advance on hot day at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, fourth-seeded Andy Murray and No. 6 Roger Federer all advanced Tuesday in first-round play at the Australian Open.
Ferrer, Murray fall in Qatar Open upsets

Ferrer, Murray fall in Qatar Open upsets

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Top 10 players David Ferrer, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet were all beaten Wednesday in second-round action of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Karlovic beats Berdych at Qatar Open

Karlovic beats Berdych at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- World No. 7-ranked Tomas Berdych was ousted by Ivo Karlovic in straight sets Monday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis tournament without dropping his serve.
Tsonga beaten in Paris, will miss out on London

Tsonga beaten in Paris, will miss out on London

PARIS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals end Tuesday with an upset loss at the Paris Masters.
Cilic returns from ban, wins Paris Masters first-rounder

Cilic returns from ban, wins Paris Masters first-rounder

PARIS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Marin Cilic returned from a doping ban with a first-round win Monday at the ATP's BNP Paribas Paris Masters.
Falla advances on 6-1, 6-0 upset at Valencia Open

Falla advances on 6-1, 6-0 upset at Valencia Open

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Alejandro Falla dropped just one game Tuesday in a first-round upset win at the ATP's Valencia Open in Spain.
Dimitrov nets first ATP championship

Dimitrov nets first ATP championship

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Grigor Dimitrov win his first ATP title Sunday with a three-set upset of world No. 3-ranked David Ferrer at the If Stockholm Open.

David Ferrer to face Grigor Dimitrov in Stockholm Open final

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Top-seeded David Ferrer overcame a tough opponent and will meet Grigor Dimitrov for the Stockholm Open crown after each logged a semifinal win Saturday.
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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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