I haven’t the slightest idea what he’s saying other than the fact that his ideal girlfriend must be someone who loves her family because he loves his family, and someone who can be both his girlfriend and his friend.
Also, adidas? A+ on the jacket. He looks very nice in the purple + yellow.
“It’s unbelievable to win the Davis Cup two years in a row. We are so happy because this time we won in Spain. It has been my best year by far. I started the year having just won the Davis Cup and I finish the year winning the Davis Cup again so you can imagine how I feel. I just want to improve and hope that next year we win the Davis Cup again and I play even better for myself in the tour during the year.”
In the first video, Nando talks about his strengths, his career-best season and his hopes of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In the second, you’ll get a glimpse of him playing with the Wii :)
Nando had a tough challenge in his opening match today against Andreas Seppi, wasting early break opportunities in all three sets before finally prevailing in three sets, 6-73, 6-4, 6-4 securing his place in the third round of the Paris Masters and eliminating two of the remaining five challengers for a spot at the Year End Championships.
Nando was up a double break at 4-1 in the first set before losing the first set in a 7-3 tiebreak. He took early leads in the second and third sets but again missed opportunities and struggled to gain his momentum, missing several easy volleys and spraying forehands out wide on several occasions. However, he managed to scrape together a win, which gives him 90 points to add to his current total of 3,300, putting him 470 points clear of his nearest challenger Robin Soderling, and eliminating Radek Stepanek and Marin Cilic from the running. Only Soderling, Gonzalez and Tsonga remain in the running to try and grab Fernando’s spot, although Nando’s chances of qualifying are looking very optimistic at this point. All three men would have to reach the Paris final to take Fernando’s spot and they will have a struggle ahead of them.
Soderling faces a tough test with Ivo “King of the Aces” Karlovic, and if he survives that, he’ll have to face Nikolay Davydenko, while Gonzalez not only faces another master of aces with John Isner, but has also never won a singles match in Paris. Tsonga faces compatriot Gilles Simon in his next match, and could meet Rafa in the quarterfinals.
Nando had this to say about the outcome of his match, his lack of preparation, and his feelings on qualifying for the Year End Championships:
“Of course I’m thinking about that (qualifying), because I think it’s a good motivation,” said Verdasco. “I think that I need to have it in my mind. I need to think about it and know that I need to win all the matches I can to qualify for myself. Not wait for the other players, how they do. It was my big challenge for this year, and this week is the last week. After this, everything is going to be decided. So I’m giving my best in the last chance, the last week to try to do it.”
“I think that it was more that last week was a hard week for me. Sunday I was driving from Valencia to Madrid and yesterday I came to Paris, and I just practised for one hour in the afternoon. So I didn’t have much time to prepare. My legs were not 100 per cent ready for the match. But I just tried to win the match. I gave my best, and I think that was the key to winning the match, after I lost 7-6 in the first set.”
(Seems Nando is growing out his beard to match Feli’s!)
Nando and fellow adidas player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga staged the world’s fastest tennis during a ride on Shanghai’s famous Maglev train, the fastest commercial train on the planet, at speeds of up to 431 km/h (that’s 268mph) The top ten stars attempted to play a mini-game of tennis during the train’s 18.6-mile, eight-minute journey from Longyang Road Train Station to Pudong International Airport.
For Tsonga, “It was a very special experience. I made a few more errors than normal, but at least I was not driving the train because if I made errors then we would all be dead. But it was great for us to do this activity. It is very different than playing tennis in a normal court.”
Nando meanwhile, said “It was a lot of fun, a good experience and you can really feel how fast it is. But I think nobody won. For me it was the first time to ride a train going over 400km/h. I enjoyed it, but I unfortunately I didn’t have much time to see the ride because in only eight minutes we were at the airport.”
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