Fernando Verdasco was strongly criticized by Nick Kyrgios in an interview. The Spaniard does not want to speak about it. In a press conference in Rome, the 35-year-old said: "I think after 15, 16 years, I lost the count, being a professional, I think everybody who follows tennis knows my game already.
I think I don't really have to say anything about my backhand or my forehand or my serve or anything. I think whoever knows how I play and who follows tennis and saw me play, knows what is best, what is worst. Like I said before, I don't have nothing to say about what he said about me, about Rafa, about Toni, about Novak.
I just don't want to get into that." Asked if he was surprised, Verdasco replied: "Is not 'surprise' It just like, I don't know, it doesn't matter." Asked if he feels in a better position this year now that he is a husband and father, Verdasco replied: "I think last year I played good, too.
I did good weeks last year. I played really good in Vienna, losing 7-5 in the third with Anderson, but beating Monfils, beating Edmund, beating good guys, doing semifinals. I played good in the US Open. I played good in other tournaments, too.
Roland Garros last year, too, losing with Novak in the fourth round. In Rio beating in quarterfinals Thiem that he was No. 1 and Fabio Fognini that he was also No. 3 or 4 in semifinals. I had also good weeks, like I'm having this week.
Obviously, I have been working hard. I said that already during the tournament in Madrid, I work really hard in between Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, Barcelona and Madrid. In Marrakesh and Monte-Carlo, to be honest, I felt myself out of rhythm after being five weeks off because of the born of my kid.
When I came back after not playing Indian Wells and Miami expecting him to come to the world, in Marrakesh and Monte-Carlo, I felt myself out of rhythm, even if I was working on practicing. I felt that I needed to work hard and spend many hours on court.
Is what I did before Barcelona, between Barcelona and Madrid. In Madrid, I played much better. Here I'm playing really good. I think that the work that I spend on court, in the gym and everything, is paying off."