Fernando Verdasco, a name which at least I am not going to forget for a considerable period of time. What a tournament for him this Australian Open turned out to be! He had never gone beyond second round here. But this time he went upto semis after defeating the favourite Andy Murray 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and boy, he was on the verge of making it to final by defeating none other than the champion Rafael Nadal. Hard luck for him and fans like me, he was just short of it. He lost to Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Three tie-brakers and he won two of them. 20 aces and 95 winners, a far better performance than that of Nadal with 12 aces and 52 winners. But the sad point, which costed him dearly was the number of unforced errors that he made. It was 76 whereas Nadal made only 25. It is here that the difference came. Even the winning point came because of double fault made by him.
Nevertheless, he has won the hearts of millions of people, not only by the quality of tennis that he played but also by his excellent on-court demeanour. The excellent fight which he put in third set was simply awesome. Two of his games were broken and he broke back two games of Nadal and took the set to the tie-brakers. God, he should have won the match! It was a fantastic five hours treat to all of us who were watching the match in the TV lounge. Shouting and enjoying at each point made by him. Man, the memories of this match is going to last long! And I am so moved after seeing this match that I decided to write about it. Well done Fernando Verdasco, may you achieve a lot more in the times to come.