MELBOURNE, Australia – Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco, who reached the second round of the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament on Monday after beating Serbian player, Miomir Kecmanovic, admitted that he feels great but warned that this type of tournaments are very long.
“Every game can be very long, I have to go day by day, rest as much as possible and now focus on the next match,” the Madrid-born tennis player said in an interview with EFE on Tuesday, before he has to play against Radu Albot in the second round.
“I played only once against him and it was in Bucharest, when I won the tournament in 2016. On that day I think I won 6-2 and 6-3, but in the end every match is starting from scratch, so I have to try to do things as good as possible,” explained Verdasco, who reached the semifinals at Melbourne Park during the 2009 edition, where he then lost in five sets against his compatriot Rafael Nadal.
Verdasco (26) said he was unaware that he might face the Croatian, Marin Cilic (6) in a hypothetical third round because he prefers to go “day by day.”
“I did not know who I had to play against, I prefer going day by day, I hope I can reach the third round, and if I get it, we’ll see who I’m going to play against, now I know I’m playing against Albot because he won,” he said.
Fernando admitted that on Monday he felt good throughout the match against the young Balkan, despite the fact that in the first round he missed some opportunities to break the Serbian’s serve.
“I felt good throughout the game, at the beginning both players are very energetic, so it is more difficult to break the serve, unless you can play incredible,” said Verdasco, who did advance from the second round in his last three editions of the Australian Open.