Fernando Verdasco got bounced in Thailand by Benjamin Becker in straights. Becker's tough, but Verdasco should be able to handle him. Aside from that quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open, the second half of the year really hasn't been that great for the Spaniard.
I thought he would've been able to build on that breakthrough '09 and it looked like early on this season that was going to be the case with titles indoors and on clay. But the guy played a ton, I mean 2000 pounds, worth of tournaments this year, and even though he's strong as a bull, it's just been too much. Like, why play the week before the French Open when you've made deep runs on the dirt that whole stretch?
The dude works hard off the court to be able to maintain that physical style of play, but some pacing has to be done. I think a lighter schedule next year can help continue that upward path of a year ago.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.