“Rafa Is One in a Billion”: Fernando Verdasco Reflects on Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic

Published 10/17/2021, 3:26 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)


Over the years, Rafael Nadal has gone down in history to be one of the fiercest competitors on the Tour. The Spaniard has been involved in a number of matches that have become classics. One of his matches that everyone remembers was against compatriot Fernando Verdasco. 

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Rafael Nadal was up against his fellow countryman in the Australian Open 2009 semifinal. To date, it is fondly remembered and, at that time, it was recorded as the longest match in the tournament’s history. The match went the distance and ended 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 scoreline in favor of Rafa. 

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Rafael Nadal against Fernando Verdasco was one to be remembered 

Recently, Fernando Verdasco was reflecting on his memorable match against Rafa and considered him a unique athlete. Verdasco even ended up reflecting on his form during that season.

The Spaniard stated, “The blows and the game of 2009 were already in 2005, what happens is that it was not so regular. Rafa is one in a billion. In 2009, I saw that I could beat Rafa, Roger, Murray, and anyone. At that moment in my career, I felt that I could beat everyone.”

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Rafael Nadal of Spain with coach Carlos Moya while practicing against Aslan Karatsev of Russia on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Fernando Verdasco got the upper hand from time-to-time 

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During his career, Fernando has managed to beat the likes of Nadal and Murray from time to time. However, he has not managed to register a win over Federer with the Swiss maestro winning seven times. 

Coming to Rafa and speaking on his performances in the present season, he skipped the US Open and ended his season as his foot is yet not fully fit. He has been facing this issue since the French Open this year. We hope to see him recover soon and see him fully fit for the upcoming 2022 season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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