Verdasco fit to join inner sanctum

No longer satisfied lurking on the edges of the top 10, Fernando Verdasco's decision to follow in the footsteps of one of the all-time greats, Andre Agassi, has him flying high.

Originally Published: January 29, 2009
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Some teenaged boys like action flicks. Some prefer Westerns or science fiction. Fernando Verdasco's favorite film was the 1995 Australian Open final, which he watched over and over, memorizing each point and momentum swing in Andre Agassi's four-set victory over Pete Sampras.

Verdasco idolized Agassi, who won four titles in Australia. Now, in one of those time-bending coincidences that crop up sometimes in tennis, the suave Spanish lefty is working with ...

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