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Fernando Verdasco is as dangerous as they come on a hard court. Still, the Spaniard should get some recognition for a deep run into this year's French Open. Verdasco has been as high as No. 7 in the world. Currently, he is seeded No. 14 in this year's event and comes in with a ranking of No. 16.
Verdasco has one of the biggest forehands in the game. He has an all-around game, with a big serve and a tricky left-handed game similar to Nadal's. However, Verdasco has only seen the fourth round of action at Rolland Garros. His best performances have come at the Australian Open and US Open, in which he was a semifinalist and quarterfinalist, respectively.
Everyone remembers Verdasco as being part one of the longest matches in Australian Open history. His match with Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open semifinals was a complete war. It was one of the hardest-hitting encounters you will see.
Verdasco has worked with Hall of Fame American Andre Agassi and his team with fitness and improving his game. The 28-year-old Spaniard could make it deep in the second week.