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Last Time... With Fernando Verdasco

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Verdasco© ATPFernando Verdasco takes time out at the La Quebrada Cliffs Divers in Acapulco.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco reveals the last time...

I missed a flight?
I've never missed a flight. It's been tight, but I've never actually missed one.

I flew economy class?
I flew many times. Whenever I fly inside Europe or short 2-3 hour flights, I go economy. I am not high maintenance, so I don't go business class.

I cooked for myself?
I've never cooked for myself! I'm so lucky to have three restaurants in Madrid and they always cook for me. I've never tried to learn how to cook because my family owns three restaurants in Spain. I really want to learn how to cook, but I haven’t had enough time to do it.

I lost something important?
I have lost many phones, many sunglasses. They are not really important. Not in the past two or three years though. The last time I lost my wallet was probably when I was 15. That was really important.

I hired a court and strung my own tennis racquet?
I've never had to pay to hire a court! Stringing a racquet? I can't remember. I was maybe 14 or 15 years old.

I visited a country for the first time?
I went on holiday to Hawaii for five days in February 2010, I had never been before. It's not a country, it's a state, but it's the last new place I've been to for the first time.

I asked someone for their autograph?
I have a collection of tennis racquets from players, such as Federer, Henman, Agassi and Srichaphan, which I got them to sign because I am like a fan. When I was younger, I asked players for their autographs.

I forgot a family member or close friend’s birthday?
I've never forgotten the birthday of someone really close to me because all my family and friends are so close to me, so it's hard to forget. I did forget the birthday of one of my friends last November. But it's tough to remember all birthdays!

I walked my dog?
I think it was in April 2010. I have a very big family and my Dad is the one who takes care of the dogs. When I'm at home I'm always kind of busy, so I don't even have time to go with my dogs and walk around. I have six dogs, two small ones at home – one maltese and one small jersey – and then we have a big mastiff and three dogs for hunting.

I watched Real Madrid play?
Four months ago at the Bernabeu stadium, but I don't remember which match it was. I watch them when I can. My favourite players are the Spanish ones, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xavi Alonso, Arbeloa. They are also my friends. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, but I would always choose a Spanish player as my favourite. 

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