It took 5 hours and 14 minutes, seven years ago for Rafael Nadal to edge past Fernando Verdasco in the longest semifinal in the tournament’s history. Unseeded Verdasco took a sweet revenge on Monday by knocking out the former Spanish World No 1.
Nadal will now have to quit Melbourne Park before getting warmed up. Off-form continues for the injury riddled Spanish star. The match went to the wire, but Nadal, plagued by injury couldn’t hold on after taking 2-0 lead in the final set. Verdasco blew him winning six straight games to force the first upset of this edition’s tournament.
“I think I played unbelievable in the fifth set,” a thrilled Verdasco said after the game, adding that he just kept “hitting winners…I don’t know how.”
And Fernando Verdasco banged 90 winners to notch up a surprise win in 4 hours 41 minutes over Nadal. He scripted his win basing on his monstrous left-handed serve and immaculate forehand shots which created shockwaves at Melbourne Park. (Watch video below.)
The 14-time major winner couldn’t cope up with Verdasco’s superior base line hitting. Nadal bowed out in the second round of the Wimbledon and third round of US open last year.
“I just started hitting winners – I don’t know how. I was closing my eyes and everything was coming in.” Verdasco also added.