Since there’s not much going on today but rain delays, Roland Garros put up an interview with Fernando talking about football and the World Cup. Enjoy!
The Spanish heart throb Fernando Verdasco (No.9 in the ATP rankings) is not just one of the best tennis players in the world, he is also a fan of football and Real Madrid… so we decided to talk football with him.
Who do you think will be the biggest surprise at the World Cup?
The United States.
What about the biggest disappointment?
I don’t really know. I hope it won’t be Spain. We are one of the two or three favourites and I can’t imagine we won’t perform well. I really have faith in the Spanish team.
Who would you pay good money to see in South Africa?
Messi and Kaka.
What is your earliest football memory?
When I was two or three, I kicked a ball around with my father and cousins in the garden.
Who was your childhood idol?
Ronaldo (the Brazilian). I’m lucky, we became friends when he played for Real Madrid.
Which is your favourite team?
Real Madrid, of course!
Which is your favourite stadium?
How much would you pay for your favourite player’s shirt?
I’m lucky because Ronaldo gave me his shirt. If he hadn’t, I’d be prepared to pay 500 euros for his shirt.
Which fans are the best?
The Atletico Madrid fans. They are always there for their team. They are impressive fans.
If you could play 90 minutes with any team, which would it be and what position?
Real Madrid. I’d like to play as an attacking midfielder, in the hole, just behind the striker – where Kaka plays. I’d be the one feeding the passes through to the number 9.
Who is your favourite manager?
Mourinho – and not only because he’ll be managing Real Madrid. He’s a genius who has won titles everywhere.
If you were president of Real Madrid, what would be your first decision?
I would try to recruit the best players and the best manager. Then, I would let the manager do his job without bothering him. I would never interfere with his choices or tell him who to pick.
What’s the best goal you’ve ever seen?
Zidane’s in the Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen (in 2001). I was watching on television like any rabid fan.