Spain’s Cosmo man in the Hot Seat.


Fernando Verdasco is currently ranked as #13 in singles and #48 in doubles. Born in Madrid in 1983, where his parents own and operate a restaurant, Fernando has moved up in the rankings in both singles and doubles, and he has the distinction of being the highest ranked doubles player in Spain. At #48 he is not considered as an all-time great doubles player, but he has played for Spain on their Davis Cup team, and now finds himself representing his country in the Davis Cup final in Buenos Aires next month against Argentine. The doubles match could be the decisive match of the entire Davis Cup event, and the winners of the doubles might be the heroes of the entire competition. Fernando is partnered by his friend Feliciano Lopez, and together they have record of more wins than losses except against higher ranked pairs. They lost against the USA’s make shift team of one healthy Bryan brother and Mardy Fish earlier this year as Spain went on to defeat the USA. The good news for the Spanish pair is that the Argentine pairing for the doubles has not yet been announced, and the players being considered are all ranked considerable lower then the two Spaniards. Argentine’s best doubles player is David Nalbandian, but he is needed to play singles, and to play singles and doubles may be asking too much of him.

The doubles pair that represented Argentine in the semi final against Russia was Guillermo Canas and Agustin Calleri, but the team coach has not decided if they will represent the country in the final. He might gamble on Argentine winning the two Saturday singles matches, and play Nalbandian in the doubles on Saturday and forgo the Sunday match which could be between Rafael Nadal and Nalbandian.

Fernando is currently playing in St. Petersburg where he lost to Andy Murray last year, and once again they are on a track to meet in the final again next week. Fernando is coached by Juan Luis Tati Rascon, and he has his name on two ATP titles. He posed in the nude for Cosmopolitan Magazine a year ago to raise awareness for men’s cancer. He might have achieved some success in this endeavour, but his most notable achievement was in raising the awareness of Ana Ivanovic no less. She has become quite the linguist, adding Spanish to her list of languages, and as she admits, “the personal lessons have helped her a great deal.”

Verdasco may not be the greatest tennis player to have ever played the game, but he certainly has great taste in women. He was the boyfriend of Argentine tennis player Gisela Dulko, I wonder if she will be rooting against him in the Davis Cup, and before hooking up with Ana he dated Spanish model and actress Dafne Fernandez. If he and Ana are still an item by the time the Australian Open rolls around in January, I’m sure they will make the front pages of the newspapers for something other than their tennis prowess.

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