Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco defeated bookie-favourite Andy Murray of Britain 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to enter the quarterfinals of Australian Open. Verdasco is seeded 14th in the tournament.
“I don’t know if I’ll be the favorite for a Slam in the next year or so after today,” Murray said, responding to questions about the extra pressure of expectations. “But it doesn’t really bother me. “If I’m the favorite to win, whatever, I play the same as I am when I’m the underdog.”
Murray was the top pick for the bookmakers in the major and with his exit, the game is wide open for the usual favourites. He was looking to win the first Grand Slam for his country after Fred Perry won the US Open in 1936. Guess, the long wait is going to continue for some more time.
Verdasco, on the other hand, has been very consistent in his performance last season. His fast serves have always been a problem for the opponents. He says that his off-season skiing vacation to Vegas helped him a lot as there was Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi’s former fitness coach, available to work on him.
He will next be playing against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 runner-up, who beat American James Blake 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the fourth round.