Fernando Verdasco had a rough run in the Australian Open 2010 after his unbelievable triumph over Fernando Gonzales, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kooyong. Yet, he still had no reasons to hide.
Verdasco defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets (6-3, 7-6) during the SAP Open Exhibition in San Jose, USA.
Yahoo Sports claimed “Sampras nailed back-to-back aces clocked and 127 and 129 mph (204 and 208 kph) in the first game of the second set and a big first serve that Verdasco couldn’t return to capture that game. Sampras’ impressive scoop volley for a winner four games later drew a thumbs-up from Verdasco across the net.”
With his new Yonex racket (Where’s the Technofibre?), “Verdasco, who is seeded No. 2 in this tournament and making his Bay Area debut, kept Sampras off balance with his big groundstrokes and booming serve.”
Sampras-Verdasco Exhibition is one of the important matches to watch in history. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this match in LIVE TV. Our sports channel did not telecast it. I tried YouTubing the highlights but I found none.
“I felt a little old,” Sampras said. “I tried. At times it wasn’t all that competitive.
“Just show some respect,” Sampras said to Verdasco with a grin. “I’m going to have to get to the net as much as I can—none of those long baseline exchanges. I think I can hold my own serving and volleying. Tonight I have no choice but to come in ‘til the cows come home. If he returns well and passes well, it could be a quick night. He’s tough. He’s the real deal. He could win a major.”
Yeah, I agree with Pete. Verdasco can win slams if he remains to be mentally-tough. He plays aggressively I’m aware of that— but just don’t be too defensive withhis rallies.
Unluckily, there are no available highlights of this match. Yet, Verdasco’s finals against A-Rod is posted below.