Fernando Verdasco

A product of the highly successful Spanish tennis system, Fernando Verdasco broke into the world's top ten back in 2009 and since that time he's been ranked as one of Spain's top players.

One of the most senior figures on the international tennis circuit, Verdasco has notched up more than five career wins on the professional stage as well as multiple deep runs in all four Grand Slam events.

Starting his career at the age of four, Verdasco's parents hired a full-time coach for their son by the time he was eight and since that time he's worked alongside some of the most respected coaches and players in the game. Most recently, Verdasco has been plying his trade and honing his skills from a base in Las Vegas alongside Andre Agassi, Darren Cahill (Agassi's former coach) and Gil Reyes.

This network of guidance has helped Verdasco win a plethora of titles over the best part of a decade; however, before he moved his training camp to Las Vegas he still managed to score a slew of high profile wins. Indeed, after turning pro in 2002, Verdasco won his first Futures title just a few months later in the Spain F1 event.

From this base, he then took part in his first Masters Series tournament and made it through to the third round, where he was eventually defeated by his compatriot, Carlos Moya. The remainder of 2003 proved tough for Verdasco and it wasn't until 2004 that he scored his first ATP tour title in Valencia. Despite having one of the toughest draws, Verdasco was able to triumph over the defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semi-finals before beating Albert Montanes in the final.

Aside from being his breakthrough performance on the professional circuit, Verdasco's victory in Valencia acted as a springboard for a multitude of subsequent victories on the world stage. Wins over the likes of Andy Roddick and Nikolay Davydenko not only allowed Verdasco to climb the ATP rankings, but pick up wins in a variety of ATP events.

Like many Spanish tennis pros, Verdasco has managed to achieve the bulk of his success on clay court surfaces around the world. Numerous runner-up finishes, coupled with outright wins, at tournaments in Austria, Croatia, Monte Carlo and Spain have all contributed to one of the strongest résumés in professional tennis. In addition to his clay court exploits, Verdasco has also made it to the quarter-finals of the US Open and Wimbledon, as well as the semi-finals at Wimbledon. In total, this run of accomplishments on the professional circuit has allowed Verdasco to bank more than $11 million in earnings.

Away from the court, Verdasco was diagnosed with ADHD as a child but his parents refused drug treatment for fear that it would affect his tennis career. Beyond this early ailment, the Spanish pro has been a long time advocate of visualisation and mindfulness techniques. Under the guidance of various experts, Verdasco has been known to visualise romantic scenes and listen to soothing music in between matches in order to focus his mind and improve his results.

In his personal life, Verdasco has been linked with lingerie model Jarah Mariano and has helped major sponsorship deals with brands such as Adidas and Head. Although the veteran pro has long lived in the shadow of Rafa Nadal, Verdasco will go down in Spanish tennis history as one of its most successful players. Numerous ATP titles, coupled with a Davis Cup honours, have helped Verdasco rank among the game's elite for more than a decade; a feat which few Spanish players have ever achieved.

All information accurate up to September 2015. For all the latest news on Tennis and the latest tennis betting tips then please follow betfair.betfair Tennis.

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