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Barcelona: Man of the Moment

Posted by gauloises1 on April 25, 2010

Fernando Verdasco d. Robin Soderling, 63 46 63

I’m from Barcelona, let me introduce my enormous trophy.

Rather a nice couple of weeks for Fernando Verdasco, backing up his final in Monte-Carlo by claiming his fifth and biggest career title to date in Barcelona. He did well enough to get to the final, surviving an inspired David Ferrer in three sets to face Robin Soderling, who took out Boss- and Tsonga-killer Thiemo de Bakker in straights.

I didn’t see the final, but I’m not surprised by the result; I had a feeling after Rafa withdrew that this was going to be Verdasco’s tournament. It seems like he’s playing of late with the kind of confidence and focus that we haven’t seen in his game since the beginning of 2009 and it’s not surprising that he’s reaping unprecedented rewards, as well as breaking some personal boundaries. Good stuff all round.

Not quite as bendy as Nole, but it’ll do.

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