Fernando has been pretty busy since Paris ended, doing a few campaigns and now in London as an alternate for the World Tour Finals.
Earlier this year, Fer also participated in the Fundación SOS’ “Twelve months, Twelve rights,” solidarity campaign, doing a photoshoot for a calendar where he, along with eleven other athletes, shared moments with children, representing in each of the photos one of the fundamental rights of children. The calendar is to commemorate International Children’s Day on November 20th. Click here to view the picture!
Here I’ve posted/translated some of his recent interviews talking about his tennis, his personal life, girls, football, his future and more. Hope you enjoy!
“My first big challenge in 2011 will be to win the Australian Open”
Discussing how he feels about his season:
“I’m a little disappointed with the season I’ve had, albeit after a good start–I was number 3 in the race after Monte Carlo, but I have not had the expected year-end. I didn’t have a good American hard court season other than the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, and after that a horrible Asian swing.”
On who he thinks the favourite for London is:
“It’s hard to say one because they are all the best, but it is clear that the track conditions are not conducive to the Spaniards. I wish I could say that Rafa and David are favorites, but I see more possibilities for Federer, who seems to be back in top form, and Soderling, who comes in after winning in Paris and whose game is perfectly suited to the court conditions.”
On his hopes for next year:
After London, Fernando plan to relax for a few days in Madrid, then leave for the U.S., to begin his intense preparation for the next year. In 2011, he’ll begin his season in Brisbane, followed by the Kooyong exho (which he won last year, defeating Tsonga in the final) all this in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. “Although it sounds a bit strong, my challenge for myself at the start of next season is to win the Australian Open. Two years ago I was in the semis before falling to Rafa in five sets. It’s a special tournament for me.”
On Real Madrid & the upcoming ‘El Clasico’ match against rivals FC Barcelona:
“It will be one of the best Clasicos in recent years as Real Madrid and Barcelona are both better than ever. I definitely don’t think we will be beaten 2-6 like we were at the Bernabeu two years ago; for that match, I was at the stadium and I wanted to die! Of course I hope Real Madrid wins this time!” He was also asked about the similarity between his hair and the new look of Cristiano Ronaldo: “Did I copy his hair? No way, plus he has much more of his hair shaved on sides. And I did it first at Indian Wells last year when I had my mohawk!”
“I don’t have time to think about sex, just tennis!”
“I have no time to think about sex, just think about tennis”
Fernando has a new sponsor with Head and Shoulders and during a recent campaign, he did an interview, answering some questions.
What does Fernando Verdasco think about?
I think especially tennis because that’s what takes up almost all my time during the year. Now that I’m finishing the season, it’s more about vacations and rest, to recover to get to 100 percent for next year. But in little more than that. I have other things to do that sometimes can stress me out a bit, but tennis is what most occupies my mind.
But surely many other things go through your head when you wake up every morning …
When I wake up I think about what I have to do that day. If I’m playing, I think of the game but in this day and train. But if, for example I have something like a presentation try to concentrate on everything I have to do to be perfect and have everything under control.
It provided that men think about sex … In your case you?
I do not have time to think about sex! (laughs)
And when you take a shower … What are you thinking?
In the shower I try to relax and not think about anything. But the human brain is always thinking whether you’re in the shower, sleeping or playing tennis. If it’s after a match, I’m thinking about how I played.
Is there something you lose sleep over?
I lose sleep over an important match only. Tennis is my profession, my life and this is what I think about most.
And speaking of girls, would you like to know what women think?
I think sometimes they do not know themselves what they think! (Laughs).
Surely more than once, you’ve wondered “what is she thinking …?”
I’m not much interested, but sometimes I do I wonder how a woman is thinking at any given time.
Would you love to know what your opponent is thinking during a match?
Yes! (laughs) I wonder what he will do, how he’ll play or if it he more or less nervous.
40 percent of men worry about having abs; what are you worried about in regards to your image?
I obsessed over my physical appearance. I a lot of training for tennis. I’ve always been fortunate to have a constitution that I have no trouble gaining weight. When I’m not playing tennis, I eat the same and don’t pick up weight. But I do train a lot, that’s true.
And you use creams, to make you cuter?
I use moisturizer on my hands and face because my skin too dry in the sun and air. As tennis players, we are always in the air and I have to take care of my skin so I don’t look like I’m 40, I do not want that. But I’m not obsessed at all with my look.
When will we see you playing again?
I’m going to London on Friday to be an alternate for the World Tour Finals and will be waiting in case someone is injured. I’ll be there a few days and when there is no possibility of playing, I’m going back home so I can organize my holiday. Although beginning December 7 I will end my holidays to continue training and on the 29th, I will go to Australia to begin training for the new season in January.