Wimbledon is approaching quite fast. The usual suspects will be those tipped to take home the third major of the year and there are some players you don’t really want to come up against is the Spanish duo of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
Feliciano is a player I think is underrated. I remember watching Feliciano play against Lucas Pouille in Paris last year and I remember I called it the ‘good and bad of serve and volley’ and it seemed rush but this season it looks more thought out now. Watching him at Queens I enjoyed what he brought to the court and he is playing his best tennis right now at 35 which shows you never stop learning and adapting to be as good as you can.
On a grass court he is a pain to play against but a joy to watch, the variety he brings is second to none and also out of the active players on the tour he is third highest in grass court wins behind Federer and Murray.
The Spaniard is another who’s skill on the grass courts will be a massive weapon with his forehand and the variety and power he offers with a beautiful style of tennis.
Fernando obviously once was two sets up against Murray at Wimbledon in 2013 and well we know how that ended and as the years go on he is still a threat!
One of my all-time favourite matches was that battle between Fernando and Rafa was in 2015 in Miami where these two battled and battled seeing the best of both players’ abilities with Fernando winning in three sets.
What stands these two players out for me is what they bring and their commitment to the game is a compliment to their hard work.
A lot of the younger players on the tour now seem to focus a lot on power where there is a lot to learn from these two gentlemen on adapting their game and the importance of variety which is why if I were playing Wimbledon I’d like to keep away from them in the draw!