There’s no doubt Verdasco opened 2009 with a loud bang. He cruised into finals of Brisbane International before failing to Radek Stepanek in singles and to Tsonga/Gicquel in doubles. The huge noticeable remark is, he is now tied in QF losing strings after an epic semifinal run in Australian Open with the King of Clay.
It’s quite a different story in Monte Carlo Masters as he snatched the second set to World Seed 3 in the second set but Djokovic came victorious in the deciding. At Barcelona, Chilean Fernando Gonzales ousted him in three sets. Just recently (05/01/2009), Rafael Nadal devoured him clocking at 6-3, 6-3.
This seems odd to think about it. It’s like a curse. Notice how Verdasco consistently be drawn with the big top players in QF and lose. I know he’s the ATP rising left-handed star of this season, near-leveling the accomplishments of Victoria Azenka in WTA. Verdasco’s clash with Djokovic in Monte Carlo is probably one of his career-bests and don’t forget, his forehand hits always get a lot of attention.
In fact, there’s nothing wrong with losing in QF. Being in the last eight is already a great achievement and I say, lots of his supporters do surely want him lose in QF than seeing him crawl out in first or second rounds.
You can watch Verdasco QF highlights in the following links:
Yet, I’m still in fence here. What this 6’2 Spaniard is really up to this season? Can he really take home another bacon this 2009 apart from being stuck in QF and overtaken by top seeds?
Perhaps, I’ll just need to wait and see. The Roland Garros is now fast approaching, hope Verdasco makes it on board!