Verdasco Stays Hot, Meets Soderling for Barcelona Title
by Staff | April 24th, 2010
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Fernando Verdasco is playing in his second straight ATP clay final. Sunday, the fifth seed will try to break through for a win against Robin Soderling in the final of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell.

The second-seeded Soderling has not dropped a set en route to the final. And the Swede has won four of the previous five meetings, including twice on clay, against Verdasco.

Verdasco’s appearance int he final is the 14th straight year (since 1997) a Spaniard is in the Barcelona title match. In fact, a Spaniard has won the event the last seven years: Rafael Nadal won the title from 2005-09, Tommy Robredo in 2004 and Carlos Moya in 2003.

Soderling is the first Swede to reach the Barcelona final since Magnus Larsson in 1995 (l. to Muster). The last time a Swede won the title was Kent Carlsson in 1988 (d. Muster). This is the third all-Top 10 final on the ATP World Tour this season (Doha, Davydenko d. Nadal; Aust. Open, Federer d. Murray).

In the semifinals Verdasco fought back from a 2-4 second set hole to win 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-1 over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

“This win is very important for me because it is the first time that I have played in two consecutive finals, and I would especially like to win here, so I will try to rest well and to be at my best tomorrow,” said Verdasco who was a finalist last week in Monte Carlo. “The fact that I have reached two clay court finals gives me a lot of confidence. I feel good and comfortable with my play. This year I have adapted to the surface better than ever; as I get more experienced it becomes easier.”

Said Soderling, a 6-1, 6-4 winner of Thiemo De Bakker, “So far it feels very good. My form is getting better with every match. I managed to get some easy points on serve and worked the points well with my forehand. I’m moving better and feel like I’m getting pretty close to where I played my best tennis on clay last year.”


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74 Comments for Verdasco Stays Hot, Meets Soderling for Barcelona Title

Von Says:

Staff, we have Fed Cup being played here in the US, but from the articles that are written, we’d never know that’s happening. How about a few lines on the US Fed Cup, who are playing minus Serena and Venus. GO USA!!!!!


blah Says:

its 1-1 so we need to win doubles and oudin needs to beat dementieva. unlikely, but could happen!

and let’s go soderling!


Kimmi Says:

Nestor/Zim won doubles in Barcelona. Wow! what a clay season so far..a win at MC and Barcelona..WOOT!


margot Says:

Hi kimmi: Who’re you rooting for, I know you like tham both? Again I don’t mind but think your Soda pop will prevail. Yes, I know Andy doesn’t appear till second round in Rome. If he had to play in first, I’d pick him to go out then, at the mo!
Gr8 to see Conty back, I love her zany posts. Hmm, I see she too is thinking of hopping onto de Bakker bandwagon, soon wont be any room left.
jane: you can’t call him “the Baker” he is far too long and lean. You must think of another nickname.
BTW am watching tennistv, are Lee and Jason Goodall related? Seems strange coincidence.


Kimmi Says:

Hi margot.

This is a tough one. Love hotsauce and he needs a “biggish” title..he only won 250s.

But soda popping today will help him for his confidence in the tournaments to come…

Lordy help me with Muzza..i picked him to reach the qtrs in my draw challenge, he better not dissapoint me.


Kimmi Says:

have you guys realise nando double faults issues are a thing of the past.

not many this tournament…


margot Says:

Murray into the quarters…kimmi, kimmi, that is the stuff of dreams…
Not caught fire this one yet has it? But kimmi did see match when verdasco’s serve looked v. poor, but can’t remember which.


Kimmi Says:

hotsauce breaks first…mama mia!


contador Says:

i have a stream on the match Kimmi, but couldn’t get on the one in english, lol…

i have noticed, though nando says he likes hard court better, he is really playing some of the best tennis i have seen him play on clay….

and i figured barca and all, no nadal here this year….tobasco wins this.

but,,,,,made a few last minute changes to my rome draw, considering tobasco is great but not a super-hero and now have nole beating him in rome…ah the fun is going to start!


margot Says:

Verdasco on a roll, making Sod look ordinary. Verdasco has had a far harder week, looks much sharper.


Kimmi Says:

Verdasco breaks twice to win 1st set..I am afraid this set was all hotsauce..best match he played this week. oh boy, where was this verdasco all along?

Hi conty! draw challenge is KRAAAAZY! we are having fan though.

Never think with your heart in the draw challenge..never conty. its not a good idea..you will lose a lot that way.

I have muzza all the way..you see..this is another problem.

C’mooon soda..pop please we want the match!


Kimmi Says:

soda breaks..ok do we have a match now!


contador Says:

dimples is not “ordinary” though, margot.

soda is the new soda, remember? i think much has to do with magnus norman. he stopped getting so down on himself, just throws the towel over his head instead.

he’ll move on and not let this loss get him too down. doubt he makes the final in rome but….that’s okay.

and what about your andy? how do you think he’ll fare in rome? maybe i am not factoring him in as he deserves.


margot Says:

soda bites back! We have a match!


Polo Says:

Looks like Soderling is playing scared.


Kimmi Says:

and nando got it back…


contador Says:

pardon me? LOL…..Kimmi, you have the muzza all the way to win rome?

you are joking, right?

i went in and changed to gulbis all the way….hahhahahaaa

( actually put nole there )

was being objective when i started picking last night then my heart starts to make stuff up, lol…

ah, c’mon soda! at least make this competative!


Kimmi Says:

too many errors from soda…he needs to get himself together here.

nando is playing his best tennis of his life right now.


Polo Says:

Time to turn off the TV. This is not an exciting match at all. Soderling is a sight to see playing as if this is his first time to hold a tennis racquet. What happened to him?


Polo Says:

I omitted “sad” as in ” sad sight to see.”


margot Says:

Hi conty! How nice to have you back! You ask of the Murray…oh me oh my..kimmi has much more faith than I do. I’ll just be grateful if he wins a match at the mo. In fact all the players I like, save Tsonga are on a bit of a downhiller, Murray, Djko, Cilic, Chardy and now as I really like De Bakker he’ll probably disappear over the horizon,never to been again. Just call me sean!


Kimmi Says:

that was great game from soda

Conty, I must admit federer all the way..and muzza not far behind..C’MOON!


contador Says:

wooooot! margot

in other news chardy leads tipsy.

good thing i cahnged that pick, kimmi….thanks for the injury tip on tipsy.

ooh no, chardy about to choke a serving for match chance in second set. he’ll have to play a decider….waiting….whoa, chardy fended held off tipsy’s 3 break chances.

now at deuce, chardy….

lost the barca stream


Polo Says:

Hello Margot. I was ready to turn off my computer when I read your post. I have to make a comment because I too like those guys you mentioned and they are all going downhill. I used to like Baghdatis, too. Don’t tell me we are also on the same boat with him.


Kimmi Says:

NOW, this sparniard, hotsauce, nando..is sooo good right now.

can he keep that up in rome? Too many matches but too much confidence too.VAMOS!


Kimmi Says:

Is that rome first round conty..I still had tipsy..oh no does not look good


contador Says:

chills, thrills and bills…..the stunningly handsome french held off his nerves and won his match!

take heart margot….chardy won….yay! but who does he have to face next, i fear?


Kimmi Says:

Conty.

I lost chardy and hanescu win….my challenge is ruined already!


contador Says:

the stream is now in english….glad to hear robby commentating.

robin held! good sign, very good ….

still, it looks like the hot sauce show today


Kimmi Says:

breaaaak!
he is starting to play well soderling..


margot Says:

Hooray for the dishy Frenchman, never mind Tipsy was walking wounded, I’ll take a win. And here Sod has woken up at last.


contador Says:

haha…i picked berrer over vic too, kimmi.

but got the chardy one! woooot for chardy!

oh and robin breaks while i was writing him off….hm, maybe some hope here for soda…slim chance for a decider now, if robin holds


contador Says:

“dishy frenchman” hehe, got that right, margot.


contador Says:

40-30 robin..

don’t go to deuce…..

phew! soada held it


contador Says:

vedasco responds with condidence. about to serve sada soda a love game


Kimmi Says:

soda needs to hold and take it to the decider!


contador Says:

oh no.

soda will try to serve for the second set….i fear this will not go down well for the slower speed swede.

hot sauce won’t let it happen….not in barca


margot Says:

Polo: don’t go! We’ve got Baggy on board too I see and we need to do some indudrial bailing out, there’s loads of water in our little row boat!


Kimmi Says:

there soda.. p-o-p-p-i-n-g

C’mon nando now dont lose faith!


contador Says:

yesssssss

soda pop, popping again.

can he keep keep his chill? *phew*


contador Says:

kimmi, soda at least keeps this respectable getting to a decider.

hot sauce is too good today….i hold very little realistic hope for soda to actually win this


contador Says:

meanwhile, c’mon seppi!


Kimmi Says:

yeah seppi..I need one good today


contador Says:

seppi rolling over fabio. have to look up fabio and see if his pic lives up to the name : p


Kimmi Says:

verdasco breaaaaks!

bad errors by soda


contador Says:

arrrrrgh hot sauce gets the break

“soderling is dead and buried” says the commentators


margot Says:

all over now unless there’s a mighty choke


Kimmi Says:

I am happy for verdasco..biggest title of his carrier but remember conty, not over till the fat lady sings!


contador Says:

I didn’t realize this will be nando’s first atp 500 win. really?

did i hear the keonig right?


Kimmi Says:

yes conty..biggest win of his carrier will be


contador Says:

how surprising!

i thought he had a 500.

well, i like hot sauce, kudos to him.

does soda have a 500? i assumed he did


Polo Says:

I turned off the TV thinking it was over then I turned it on again and surprise! Third set! and Yikes! Soderling is playing poorly again. I hate seeing anybody choke even it is against a player I like. I hope Verdasco keeps his wits. Looks that way so far.

Margot, sorry for abandoning the ship temporarily.


margot Says:

commentators have just pointed out huge hole in sod’s game- he cannot easily move to his right, verdasco has played there all time


jane Says:

Somewhere I’ll bet Rafa is smiling … and he’s got big dimples too.

Hotsauce is on a roll; Nole is toast in Rome if he can get past the dishy frenchman et al and even get to the quarters.

margot – de Bakker reminds me of Ralph Fiennes; is there a nickname in there somewhere? Hmmmm. Or how about the flying Dutchman? Except he doesn’t quite fly does he? More like glide.


contador Says:

hey, kimmi….does soda own a 500 title?

i know his ranking is due to magnus norman and with soda’s improved mental attitude he has gone far in the big events last year. but i think he only has 250 title(s)

congrats to verdasco


Kimmi Says:

yeah, hotsauce…winner in barca.

congrats! playing very well, best tennis of his life..congrats again.


Polo Says:

Well deserved win by Verdasco. Congratulations.


Kimmi Says:

yes, soda owns 500 in rotterdam this year


jane Says:

Aww congrats to Hotsauce. And Soda pop, keep popping! He was in there the whole match and he must know he’s a threat. Soda also becoming just a sweeter pop – even a little hug there at the net from the cool Swede. ; )


montecarlo Says:

Great stuff from Verdasco. I am really impressed by him. He is almost pulling out a Rafa like performance this clay season (Final in MC, Winner in Barcelona, Final again at Rome =?).

As I pointed out here

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2010-04-18/3932.php#comment-133527

He has made changes to hit game and they are paying off big time.


Kimmi Says:

Another top 10 win for verdasco..WOOT!


NELTA Says:

What a reaction by Verdasco. He looked like Roger when he won his 1st Wimbledon. LOL. Soderling had a look of amusement at his reaction.

Verdasco really won this at the end too. Soderling didn’t give up and made him hit a lot of balls towards the end, but Verdasco didn’t tighten up.


margot Says:

Gr8 win for Frenando, he’s lived under Rafa’s shadow for a long time!
Polo: apologies accepted, just don’t do it again, needs two of us with the bailing buckets..
jane: I like the flying dutchman very much! But we’ll keep thinking.
And now here comes Rome, gr8 tennis to look forward to folks.


Polo Says:

Watching tennis while chatting with everybody here makes watching it a lot more enjoyable. Thank you, everyone. We’ll do it again for the Rome tournament.


contador Says:

yay for robin soderling too! i read his profile awhile ago but missed that fact kimmi, thanks. where was i during rotterdam??

so bravo for fernando verdasco and on to rome!

not that it matters but i have 100% on all the qualifiers through so far…..still waiting to see if seppi wins to make it 2 of 3 in the main draw.

bad news margot. chardy won himself the opportunity to play novak djokovic. sorry, dishy frechman.

* nole better not lose to chardy : ( *


jane Says:

Can you hear the drums Fernando? Now you know you can win bigger titles. He beat some serious competition in the last two rounds to win it too.

Okay margot – will go with Flying Dutchman for now but keep thinking.

Onwards to Rome to see which gladiator will prevail there.


NELTA Says:

Verdasco just blasted Soda in the face with champagne.


jane Says:

NELTA Soda just blasted him back, lol.


Kimmi Says:

I don’t think nando has ever had so many consecutives matches like this in his life.

next week rome will be three weeks in a row. I would like for him to do well in there but something tells me ..NO! he will be bumped out early in rome! VAMOS!


contador Says:

Jane-

funny you mention the nickname for tiemo. have been thinking about it, of course. he deserves a good one after getting to a 500 semi….

when the brit commentators say de bakker it sounds like they are pronouncing him “tobacco” to me but that won’t do.

i didn’t actually SEE him play. sometimes a nick just fits after one watches someone more, like “the bald bomber” for lubie.

ralph fiennes? doesn’t he have a hotter younger brother….uh maybe they aren’t realated. “shakespeare in love” wasn’t a fiennes in that movie with paltro?

whatever he looks like he’s made an impression on clay. gotta think he’ll win a match in rome.

ah, some friendy champagne blasting, lol… my stream disappeared long ago….maybe i can catch it on youtube highlights

seppi just won, Kimmi! we got another one right.


margot Says:

jane, conty: how about “tulip” ?!


jane Says:

Tulip? : ) margot I don’t envision him winning a bunch of matches with that delicate nick. LOL. Just kidding. What about windmill? Oops, that might not bode well if we imagine Don Quixote. I don’t know. What else are those Dutch famous for?


Kimmi Says:

“seppi just won, Kimmi! we got another one right.”

conty..I got 1 of 3 right. Not good so far but at least. I should have listen to myself by not picking tipsy..next time, next time!


jane Says:

Hmmm Dutch oven, slow cooker? De Dutch Pennekoek House? Clogs? Oh I give up. Probably something based on his first or last name will be better.

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