Interviewed by Marca, the former world no. 7 and seven-time ATP titlist Fernando Verdasco spoke about how expectations are high in his country, even when it comes to Rafael Nadal despite the latter's success.
'There won't be anyone like Rafa even in 300 years. There never was anyone like him before, which says how unique he is in history. He has won Roland Garros and it feels as though if he doesn't win it, he's a failure. There are countries where a player who reaches quarter-finals or semi-finals is a national hero, in Spain if you don't win Roland Garros or are not the no. 1, you are considered bad and have to retire,' Verdasco said.
Speaking about people who say he could have achieved more things, the world no. 33 said: 'It's something that tires me. I did what I had to do, I did it in the best possible way and won the matches that I could. Many people would have liked to have a career like mine.'