It does my heart good to see Verdasco lift the SAP Open Final trophy! Although I hoped Verdasco would have a stronger showing at the OZ ’10 (he went down to Davydenko in the 4th round), I have not lost faith in this tourney fave. It’s nice to be able to track a player as he begins to show some self-belief and alter his game accordingly. I’m curious to see what, if any, impact this run will have on his spring hard court season in the US!
Sadly this tourney was so close (1 hour flight) but far away (no budget!). Hopefully, I’ll be able to make this trek next year to see if he can repeat.