Fernando Verdasco truly understands the meaning of the Davis Cup. Today, with the tie in balance and his countryman David Ferrer and American Mardy Fish locked in a tight, tension-filled fourth set, Verdasco did what any other teammate would have done when faced with a case of the grumbellies: He ate.
Late in the fourth set at 4-all the Tennis Channel camera’s cut to the Spanish bench where Verdasco was spotted eating what appeared to be a rather large and tasty hamburger (or maybe cheeseburger?).
Match commentators Ted Robinson and Justin Gimelstob even had a chuckle at the Verdasco openly devouring American concession grub at such a crucial time in the match.
“I said the guy that was helping us, the whole team, to bring one hamburger and some popcorn,” Verdasco explained afterward. “So I enjoy a lot eating all that American way.”
Popcorn? Who got the popcorn? (Was it “Deliciano”, as Verdasco – using Judy Murray’s nickname – called Feliciano Lopez today in the presser.)
Ferrer’s thrilling four-set win propolled Spain over the U.S. 3-1 and into the Davis Cup World Group semifinals where they will host France in the fall.
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