Gaston Gaudio

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Beaten Gaudio delighted to be back - guardian.co.uk
By Pritha Sarkar PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) - Gaston Gaudio turned up at Roland Garros hoping to recapture the summer of 2004 and relive the best days of his life. Instead, the former champion was booking an early flight out of Paris after losing in the...
Notebook: Pavlyuchenkova on the rise at French - FOXSports.com
BYE BYE GASTON: Gaston Gaudio entered this year's French Open as one of eight former Grand Slam champions in the men's draw, and he'll be the first to go home. The 2004 champion at Roland Garros lost in the first round Sunday, falling to Radek Stepanek...
French Open at a glance - Los Angeles Times
"Actually, what I remember the most was of winning, and when I arrived after the finals, in the hotel, there was all, the entire staff of the hotel waiting for me. It was like kind of touching." -- Gaston Gaudio, who lost Sunday to Radek Stepanek but...
Hewitt Sizes Up Karlovic and Keeps His Distance - New York Times
... rally from two sets down against Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 final, and the fifth anniversary of Guillermo Coria's losing his cool and much more after holding two championship points against his Argentine compatriot Gaston Gaudio in the 2004 final....
Isner, Gaudio get French wild-card slots - ESPN
AP PARIS -- John Isner of the United States and former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio have received wild cards for the Grand Slam event. John Isner and Bernard Tomic of Australia have became wild cards as part of an agreement between the French,...
Murray, Verdasco among early winners at Roland Garros - KRGV
Unlikely 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, of Argentina, was easily ousted by 18th-ranked Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. In addition, former World No. 1 Australian Lleyton Hewitt rallied from down two sets to defeat Ivo Karlovic in a five-set...
UPI NewsTrack Sports - United Press International
Other winners included David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic, 2004 French Open winner Gaston Gaudio and Lleyton Hewitt, who once held the world No. 1 ranking. PARIS, May 24 (UPI) -- Defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia eliminated Italy's Sara...
Tunisia: Tennis - Gaston Gaudio Wins 2009 Tunis Open - AllAfrica.com
Tunis — The talented and fiery Argentinean 32 year- old tennis player, Gaston Gaudio won on Sunday the 2009 Tunis Open by beating Portugal's Frederico Gil in three sets, 6/2, 1/6/, 6/3. The tournament's trophy was handed to him by the Minister of Youth...
Former French Open Winners Gaudio, Ferrero in Mix at Estoril - Tennis-X.com
If Simon can get past American Robert Kendrick in his opener, he is looking at a possible second-round match up with wildcard and former French Open winner Gaston Gaudio. Russian Nikolay Davydenko, if he advances to the second round, is looking at a...
National sports roundup - Post-Bulletin
... champion Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray and Marat Safin -- who is appearing in his final French Open, but please be sure not to ask him about that -- and straight-set exits for 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio and two-time major winner Amelie Mauresmo....

Carlos Moyà

Infobox last updated on: 14 February 2009.

Carlos Moyà Llompart (born 27 August 1976), also known as Carles Moyà, Carlos Moyá and Carlos Moya, is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Spain. He was the French Open singles champion in 1998 and was the singles runner-up at the 1997 Australian Open. In 2004, he helped his country win the Davis Cup. He currently resides in Switzerland . Although he plays with his right hand, he is naturally left-handed - the opposite of fellow Majorcan Rafael Nadal.

Moyà was born in Palma, Spain. He began playing tennis at six years old. He turned professional in 1995 and won his first tour title later that year in Buenos Aires. He dated Italian WTA player Flavia Pennetta but they broke up after Wimbledon 2007. He is currently dating actress Carolina Cerezuela from Spain. He comes from a family of tennis players,where his cousin Gregory still plays professionally, manages ,and runs The Moya Tennis Academy in Miami Lakes,Florida.

In 1997, Moyà reached his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where he lost in straight sets to Pete Sampras.

In 1998, Moyà won the French Open. He defeated fellow-Spaniard Álex Corretja in the final in straight sets. He also won his first Tennis Masters Series tournament that year at Monte Carlo. He concluded the year by finishing runner-up at the ATP World Championships (now known as the Tennis Masters Cup), where he lost in a five-set final to Corretja.

In March 1999, after finishing runner-up at Indian Wells, Moyà reached the World No. 1 singles ranking. He held the top spot for two weeks. Later that year, he entered the French Open as defending champion, and lost in the fourth round to Andre Agassi (who would go on to be that year's champion). At the US Open, Moyà withdrew in the second round with a back injury and only played in two tournaments for the rest of the year.

In 2000, despite being hampered with a stress fracture in his lower back from the 1999 US Open through to the early part of 2000, Moyà still managed to finish in world Top 50 for the fifth straight year. He reached the fourth round of the US Open, where he held a match point in the fourth set but eventually lost to Todd Martin in an epic five-set marathon 6–7, 6–7, 6–1, 7–6, 6–2. Moyà's best result rest of 2000 was winning at Estoril.

In 2001, Moyà won the title at Umag. He also finished runner-up at Barcelona, where he lost in a four-hour, nine-minute marathon final to countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero.

2002 saw Moyà win four titles from six finals. He captured his second career Tennis Masters Series title, and the biggest hardcourt title of his career, at Cincinnati, where he defeated World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the final.

Moyà captured three clay court titles in 2003. He also helped Spain reach the final of the Davis Cup, compiling a 6–0 singles record. In the semifinals, he won the deciding rubber against Gastón Gaudio as Spain beat Argentina 3–2. He beat Mark Philippoussis on grass in the final. But that proved to be Spain's only point as they lost the final 3–1 to Australia.

In 2004, Moyà helped Spain go one better and win the Davis Cup. In the final, he won two critical singles rubbers against Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, as Spain beat the United States 3–2. The year also saw Moyà capture his third career Masters Series title at Rome. He was the only player on the tour to win at least 20 matches on both clay courts and hardcourts that year.

In July 2004, Moyà's kind hearted gesture to hit with ballboy Sandeep Ponniah at the 2004 Tennis Masters Series Toronto event captured audiences during an injury timeout against opponent Nicholas Kiefer of Germany. To the crowd's surprise, Ponniah shuffled Moyà across the baseline and received an ovation for an overhead smash on a Moyà lob.

Moyà won his 18th career title in January 2005 at Chennai. He donated his prize money for the win to the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake victims.

In January 2007, Moyà was the runner-up at the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia, losing to defending champion James Blake.

In May 2007, at the Hamburg Masters, he defeated Mardy Fish, World No. 12 Tomáš Berdych, World No. 9 Blake, and World No. 6 Novak Djokovic, a run which saw him reach his first Masters semifinal since 2004 Indian Wells. After reaching the semifinals against Roger Federer, Moyà lost 4–6, 6–4, 6–2.

Moyà lost against Nadal in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the 2007 French Open.

During Wimbledon, Moyà lost in the first round to Tim Henman in a 5-set thriller, the fifth set stretching to 24 games (Henman won 13–11). Despite the loss, Moyà had no points to defend (he had not played a grass match in a few years), resulting in moving to World No. 20, his first time inside the top 20 since 13 June 2005.

In July 2007, Moyà won the Studena Croatia Open in Umag, Croatia, defeating Andrei Pavel (6–4 6–2). The win brought him to World No. 18 in the rankings, his highest rank since 23 May 2005, when he was World No. 15.

In August 2007, Moyà lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the first round of the Montréal Masters. At Cincinnati, one week later and just two weeks shy of his 31st birthday, he beat David Nalbandian 7–6 (4), 7–6 (2), World No. 3 Djokovid 6–4, 6–1, and Juan Martín del Potro 7–5, 3–6, 7–5 (after being down an early break in the third set) to set up a quarterfinal clash with Lleyton Hewitt.

In 2008 at the Cincinnati Masters, Moyà defeated Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-2 which was played over the course of two days because of rain. Hours after his match with Davydenko, Moyà beat Igor Andreev 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Moyà made a slow start to 2009. He failed to progress beyond the second round of his first 4 tournaments, including a first round loss at the Australian Open. In March 2009, he announced that he would have an indefinite hiatus from tennis to recover from injured tendons and ischium in his hip.

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José Acasuso

Infobox last updated on: March 2, 2009.

José Javier "Chucho" Acasuso (born October 20, 1982 in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina) is a professional male tennis player from Argentina. Like many of his fellow countrymen, he favours clay. He is known for his strong serve and his hard groundstrokes off both sides. His clothes sponsor is Topper and his racquet sponsor is Head.

Acasuso began playing tennis at the age of two, when his father took his brother and sister to his grandfather's tennis club. Reportedly, he got the nickname of "Chucho" from the fact that, when he was a child, he used to say his name was "José Acachucho." Acasuso played both basketball and tennis up until the age of 12, and then gave up basketball for tennis. Like Carlos Moyà, Acasuso is a natural left-hander, but plays tennis right-handed.

Acasuso turned professional in 2000, playing futures and challenger events. In 2001 he made an immediate impact in his first ATP tournament in Buenos Aires, where defeated former top-10 player Félix Mantilla in the last round of the qualifying to make the main draw, and then defeated compatriots Franco Squillari in the quarter finals and Gastón Gaudio in the semi finals. However, he lost to then-number-1 player Gustavo Kuerten, 6–1, 6–3. Later in the year, he won his first challenger event in Bermuda and finished the year ranked at 86 in the world an improvement of 89 places from the previous year.

In 2002, he was on the Argentine team that won the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf. He won his first ATP title in Sopot, defeating Franco Squillari, 2–6, 6–1, 6–3. He was also a finalist in Bucharest, losing to David Ferrer, and in Palermo to the Chilean Fernando González. He ended the year ranked 41st in the world.

After the previous two successful years, Acasuso's results began to decline and he ended up spending more time out due to injuries. He did not win a title in 2003. In 2004 however, he reached the final of Sopot again, this time losing to Rafael Nadal. Acasuso then went on to win his second career title in Bucharest by thrashing Russian Igor Andreev, 6–3, 6–0.

Acasuso reached the fourth round of the 2005 French Open, his best ever result in any of the Grand Slam events. He defeated number-2-seeded Andy Roddick in five sets, coming back from 2 sets to love down and a break of serve to win 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6. He then lost to fellow Argentine Mariano Puerta for the second time in the year. He also improved his results away from his favoured clay surface by making the quarter finals on hard courts in Cincinnati and on carpet in Basel.

In 2006, Acasuso won his third ATP title in Viña del Mar over Nicolás Massú and also made his debut for Argentina in the Davis Cup against Sweden in the singles. He then played against Croatia in the doubles with David Nalbandian. They won their match and the tie to play against Australia in the semi-finals.

After reaching his first Tennis Masters Series semi final in Hamburg, where Acasuso defeated Simon Greul, Ivan Ljubičić, Sébastien Grosjean, and Fernando Verdasco, before losing to Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, he was ranked inside the top 30 for the first time in his career. Acasuso lost in the final of Stuttgart to David Ferrer 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–5, 6–4 after having a 5–1 lead in the fourth set and served for the match twice.

In the 2006 Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Australia, Acasuso ended the run of 11 consecutive wins that Lleyton Hewitt was on of winning in 5 set matches, when he defeated him 1–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1 in a match that was completed over two days. Of the win Acasuso said "I've beaten higher-ranked players in the past but to win at home in a Davis Cup semi-final with 14,000 people watching me here makes it one of the most important wins of my career". Acasuso was a late substitute for Juan Ignacio Chela in the deciding fifth rubber of the 2006 Davis Cup Final against Marat Safin of Russia. Safin won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to win the Davis Cup for Russia.

Acasuso, together with Sebastián Prieto, has won three doubles titles: in 2005 in Stuttgart and Bucharest, and in 2006 in Viña del Mar. Prior to that Acasuso won a doubles title partnering Flavio Saretta at Umag in 2004.

He was previously coached by Horacio de la Pena,Daniel Orsanic and now is working with Gabriel Markus.

In the 2008 Davis Cup final, Acasuso was once again a late susbstitute in what turned out to be the tie-deciding fourth rubber. He replaced an injured Juan Martin del Potro and was defeated by Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Acasuso made the final of the 2009 Viña del Mar event, which is the first clay court tournament of the season.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2008 Madrid Masters, which ended on October 19, 2008.

A = did not participate in the tournament. LQ = lost in the qualifying draw. 1. The win total does not include walkovers.

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Yevgeny Kafelnikov

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Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (born 18 February 1974; Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников, Russian pronunciation: ) is a retired and former World No. 1 tennis player from Russia. He won two Grand Slam singles titles (one French Open and one Australian Open), four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the men's singles gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. He also helped Russia win the Davis Cup in 2002. He is the last man to have won both the singles and men's doubles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, which he did at the 1996 French Open.

Kafelnikov was born in Sochi then part of the RSFSR of Soviet Union. He turned professional in 1992 and won his first top-level singles title in Adelaide in 1994.

In 1995, Kafelnikov defeated World No. 1 Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals of the French Open before losing to eventual champion Thomas Muster in the semi-finals.

A year later, in 1996, Kafelnikov captured both the singles and the men's doubles titles at the French Open. In the semifinals, Kafelnikov eliminated Pete Sampras and then beat former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich in the final 7–6, 7–5, 7–6.

In 1997, Kafelnikov won the men's doubles titles at both the French Open and the US Open.

In 1999, Kafelnikov won his second Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open. He defeated Thomas Enqvist in four sets in the final. In May that year, he reached the World No. 1 men's singles ranking. However, he lost seven straight matches thereafter, and relinquished that ranking after six weeks.

Kafelnikov was in the Australian Open final again in 2000, but was defeated in four sets by Andre Agassi. That summer, he won the men's singles Gold Medal for Russia at the Sydney Olympic Games. In the final, he defeated Tommy Haas of Germany 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3.

In 2002, Kafelnikov was part of the Russian team that won the Davis Cup for the first time. In Russia's semifinal win over Argentina, Kafelnikov saved two match points in a singles rubber against Gastón Gaudio and won the 4 hour, 10 minute match 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 2–6, 8–6. The following day, he partnered Marat Safin in the longest doubles match in Davis Cup history. The pair eventually lost the 6 hour, 20 minute match 4–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 17-19. Russia eventually overcame Argentina 3–2 and went on to defeat France in the final 3–2.

Kafelnikov won his third French Open men's doubles title in 2002. He reached the French Open men's doubles final for the fourth time in 2003, when he finished runner-up.

In 2003, betting on a Kafelnikov match in Lyon was suspended when an ominously large wager was made on his opponent, Fernando Vicente, loser of his previous 12 matches. Vicente won in straight sets. Kafelnikov played his final singles tournament in St.Petersburg in 2003 and final doubles tournament (ironically a challenger event) in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk.

Kafelnikov lost at the French Open quarter-finals against Gustavo Kuerten for 3 times, 1997, 2000 and 2001. Curiously, Kuerten won the three editions.

Kafelnikov retired from the professional tour in 2004, having won 26 singles and 27 doubles titles. During his career he won $23,883,797 US dollars in career prize money, which puts him at no.5 on the all time ATP prize money list.

He won singles titles in 12 different countries: Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, the United States, and Uzbekistan.

Since retiring, Kafelnikov has had a few impressive finishes at the 2005 World Series of Poker. He also played golf on the European PGA tour at the 2005 and 2008 Russian Open. He stated that he was there not to make up the numbers, before finishing last by 20 odd shots in 2005 (and second to last in 2008).

He now works as a commentator for Russian TV covering tennis. During the 2008 Miami Masters, Kafelnikov coached Marat Safin in the absence of Hernan Gumy. Just after the 2008 US open he again was hitting with Safin upon his return to Moscow, a possible coaching job with Marat cannot be ruled out.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

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Gastón Gaudio

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Infobox last updated on: February 1, 2008.

Gastón Norberto Gaudio (born December 9, 1978 in Temperley, Buenos Aires), nicknamed El Gato (The Cat in Spanish), is a professional tennis player from Argentina. His career-high ATP Entry ranking was No. 5 in 2005. His most significant victory is when he won the French Open in 2004.

Gaudio is one of the most unpredictable players in the modern game, as he is capable of spectacular shotmaking especially with his outstanding single-handed backhand and clever dropshots. Within a short timeframe, however, he can self-destruct leaving himself and tennis fans in general frustrated with his inability to retain a consistent level of play. This is something that Gaudio himself acknowledges.

Gaudio started playing tennis at the age of 6 and was ranked one hundred forty-five in the Argentine juniors behind Mariano Zabaleta. He turned professional in 1996 and in 1998 he won two ATP Challenger event in Santa Cruz, Bolivia over Luis Adrián Morejón and finished year by winning in Santiago defeating Karim Alami.

Gaudio won two consecutive Challengers in Nice and Espinho defeating Jacobo Díaz and Markus Hipfl respectively. Gaudio's first notable performance was when he reached the third round at the French Open as a qualifer, so he won 5 matches in total at the event, including coming back from two sets down to love in the second round against Bernd Karbacher to win 6–7(3) 4–6 6–3 6–1 6–4, then losing to world number 6 Alex Corretja in the next round .

2000 saw Gaudio establish himself on the main tour and won his only challenger for the year in Braunschweig over countryman Franco Squillari 6–4 6–7(2) 6–4 .In addition to his Challenger title, Gaudio made semi finals in Auckland, Santiago and in his most impressive performance of the season was his semi final appearance in the Monte Carlo Masters where he defeated Marat Safin, Felix Mantilla, Julien Boutter and Juan Carlos Ferrero without losing a set, before losing to Dominik Hrbatý. Gaudio made the final of the Stuttgart even losing in 5 sets to Franco Squillari and played in the Olympic Games losing to Vladimir Voltchkov in the first round.

Gaudio made his Davis Cup debut in and helped Argentina return to the World Group after a 5–0 winning record in his singles matches which were all played at home on clay. While there was no debut title, he made the final in Viña del Mar losing to bitter rival Guillermo Coria, he would avenge that defeat to Coria in a hard fought contest in the quarter finals of the Buenos Aires Open, which involved both players making gestures and insulting each other at regular intervals after this victory he lost in the semi finals to José Acasuso . On the hardcourts he made the quarter finals in the Miami Masters defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Juan Carlos Ferrero along the way.

Continuing on from his successful Davis Cup debut. In 2002 Gaudio defeated Ivo Karlović in the fifth match to secure a semi final place for Argentina. Gaudio won first ATP tournament in Barcelona without losing a set where he defeated world #1 Lleyton Hewitt in the semi finals and then trashed Albert Costa 6–4 6–0 6–2 in the final, who later would become the French Open champion that year. Gaudio followed up the title in Barcelona by winning Majorca the next week where he defeated world #2 Gustavo Kuerten in the semi finals before defeating the Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the final 6–2 6–3.

Gaudio made the fourth round of the French Open losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–7 6–1 6–7 6–2 6–4, while leading 4–1 in the final set and this inability to close out matches when in a winning position has been a constant fixture in his career. After Roland Garros Gaudio made the final in Gstaad and the semi finals in Kitzbühel losing on both occasions to Alex Corretja. In the Davis Cup semi final against Russia Gaudio was leading 5–1 in the 5th set against Yevgeny Kafelnikov and had a match point which was overruled by umpire Jorge Dias in Kafelnikov's favour who then went on to take the set 8–6 and the match.

There were no titles for Gaudio in 2003, but he was involved in two controversies, the first of them involved Guillermo Coria in the Hamburg Masters, where they were part of an all-Argentine semi final line up the others being David Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri. Gaudio and Coria played in one semi final and after Coria won the first set and then Gaudio won the second set. Coria took an injury timeout for cramps and then after the timeout, Coria, after breaking serve at the change of ends beats his left breast while staring at his opponent, which Gaudio took as an insult. Coria preceded to win the last 6–0 and was moving around the court without problems and there was allegedly a confrontation after the match in the locker room.

The other was the Davis Cup semi final against Spain in Málaga, where the two top players David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria where unavailable due to injury. An out of form Gaudio was called up along with Agustín Calleri, Mariano Zabaleta and Lucas Arnold. Spain won 3–2, but Gaudio lost both of his matches easily to Juan Carlos Ferrero losing 14 games in a row in a 6–4 6–0 6–0 defeat and in the fifth match against Carlos Moyà 6–1 6–4 6–2 and was roundly criticised back in Argentina for these performances. "When I returned to Buenos Aires after playing Davis Cup in Moscow and Malaga, you had the impression it was my fault and that hurt me", he said.

2004 started slowly for Gaudio and after reaching the final in Barcelona losing to Tommy Robredo in 5 sets and on the back of two victories in the World Team Cup over Martin Verkerk and Lleyton Hewitt. Gaudio came into the French Open ranked 44th and was unseeded for the tournament after defeating compatriot Guillermo Cañas over 2 days in 5 sets, then he won another 5 set match against Jiří Novák, then Thomas Enqvist, Igor Andreev and Lleyton Hewitt were dismissed on route to the semi finals, where three out of four semi finalists were Argentine and then defeated Nalbandian in 3 sets.

In the all-Argentine final Gaudio defeated Guillermo Coria 0–6 3–6 6–4 6–1 8–6 Gaudio became the first Argentine to win a Grand Slam since Guillermo Vilas, in 1977, the first man to win a Grand Slam after losing the first 6–0. He became the fifth lowest ranked player to win a Grand Slam, the first man in 70 years to win a Grand Slam saving match points in the final. Gaudio reached the top 10 in the ATP Entry rankings for the first time. Gaudio had achieved his childhood dream by winning Roland Garros and likened the match to a movie and did not know what was going on . Gaudio did not play Wimbledon and returned to tour in Båstad losing in the final to friend Mariano Zabaleta. He also made finals in Stuttgart and Kitzbühel and made his first appearance at the Tennis Masters Cup where had 0–3 record.

He lost in fourth round of Roland Garros to David Ferrer after leading 4–0 in the 5th set and losing 6 consecutive games, when leading in the 5th set Gaudio said to Ferrer's coach at one point."Don't worry; I'm not going to win today". Gaudio also qualified again for the Tennis Masters Cup where he made the semi finals defeating Mariano Puerta and Fernando González and lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the round robin, before getting destroyed by Roger Federer 6–0, 6–0 in the semifinals.

Gaudio was not been able to keep up his level of play to the standards he set from mid 2004 to 2005. His best performances for 2006 have included semi finals in Acapulco and the Monte Carlo Masters and he finished the year ranked at 34. Ranked in the top ten, Gaudio started 2006 off well at the French Open, where he lost in the fourth round in four sets to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko . Gaudio lost at Wimbledon match to Irakli Labadze (a qualifier), and lost his 2006 US Open 3rd round match to Marc Gicquel.

Gaudio started 2007 poorly and lost 8 consecutive matches stretching back to 2006 before recording a victory over Luis Horna who retired from the match with a strained hamstring, but Gaudio followed up with a conventional win against Juan Pablo Guzman before losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarter finals of Acapulco. At the French Open in 2007, he won his first round match against Marc Gicquel (he lost to him the previous year) in five sets. He was to face Lleyton Hewitt, seeded 14, and won the first two sets 6–4, 6–3. However, Hewitt won the next three sets and thus the match 4–6, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2. As a result, Gaudio's rank dropped to 99. As of September 17, 2007, Gaudio's ATP ranking has fallen to 180 in the world. During the second part of the year, he started to play clay court challenger events in Europe to attempt to rebuild his career, but he suffered an ankle injury while playing in the Napoli challenger.

Gaudio took the rest of the year off before coming back in January 2008 at a Challenger Series event in Miami, Florida. He lost in the opening round 6–0, 6–3 to Kei Nishikori of Japan. Later in the month Gaudio continued his comeback attempt at the Movistar Open in Vina del Mar, Chile. Granted a wild card into the main draw of the tournament, Gaudio lost to Santiago Ventura 6–0, 6–3 in the first round.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the U.S. Open, which ended on September 10, 2007.

A = did not participate in the tournament. 1. The win total does not include walkovers.

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Mariano Zabaleta

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Infobox last updated on: August 19, 2007.

Mariano Zabaleta (born February 28, 1978 in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province) is a professional male tennis player from Argentina. He turned professional in 1996. Zabaleta is a right-hander with a double-handed backhand. He has an unusual but effective service motion and fighting spirit. His best shot is his forehand and his favourite surface is clay.

Zabaleta was an outstanding junior in 1995 and finished the year as number 1 with a junior career record of 81-6, with his only loss in 1995 to Peter Wessels at the quarter finals of the US Open .

Zabaleta won three of the major junior events in 1995. The Italian Open juniors without losing a set against Martin Lee in the final 6–4 6–2 and followed that up with French Open juniors which was also achieved without dropping a set and he defeated compatriot Mariano Puerta 6–2, 6–3 as he had done four times in 1995 and not losing a set in the process. Zabaleta finished his junior career with victory in the Orange Bowl over Tommy Haas 6–2 3–6 6–1 and that was the only set he dropped in the tournament .

Zabaleta struggled inititally with the transition from juniors to seniors. In 1996 he won his first Challenger event in Birmingham, Alabama over Bill Behrens 6–4, 6–4 and his quarter final performance in Bournemouth was his best showing on the main tour.

In 1997 he made the final of the Guayaquil Challenger losing to Tomas Nydahl. In 1998 Zabaleta reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier and defeated the number 2 player in the world and reigning Australian Open champion Petr Korda 6–0, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3 before losing to Hicham Arazi. Later in the year Zabaleta made his first semifinal in Amsterdam losing to Magnus Norman and then in November he won his first ATP title as a senior at Bogotá defeating Ramón Delgado 6–4, 6–4 in the final.

In 1999 Zabaleta was a finalist on three occasions without winning a title, his best performance was reaching the final of the Hamburg Masters against Marcelo Ríos. Zabaleta served for the match in the fourth set and lost the set in the tiebreak and lost the match 6–7(5) 7–5 5–7 7–6(5) 6–2. Zabaleta lost to Rios again in St Pölten and in Amsterdam to Younes El Aynaoui.

Zabaleta reached the third round of the 2000 Australian Open his best ever showing at the event before losing to Andre Agassi, but he was involved in an Americas Zone Group Davis Cup tie with rivals Chile in Santiago when Zabaleta was leading 7–5 2–6 7–6(1) 3–1, when sections of the Chilean crowd incensed by what was perceived to be bad calls against Nicolás Massú threw missiles, fruit, coins, bottles, plastic chairs among other things. Zabaleta's father was hurt in the disturbances and required 10 stitches and the Argentines did not complete the tie after they were escorted from the court by police. .Zabaleta reached the third round of the Olympics in Sydney defeating Marcelo Ríos and Jeff Tarango before losing to Max Mirnyi.

While there were no titles in 2001 and 2002 for Zabaleta, he achieved his best ever Grand Slam performance surprisingly at the US Open where he made the quarter finals on a fast hardcourt, whereas most of success has come on the clay. He defeated Sébastien Grosjean who was in the top 10 at the time, in the first round, then Taylor Dent, Greg Rusedski and Xavier Malisse were beaten before Marat Safin ended his run. He also reached the fourth round of the 2002 French Open defeating top 10 player Yevgeny Kafelnikov and falling to Alex Corretja.

2003 was Zabaleta's best year overall with a 33-25 record and for the first time a positive record on both hardcourt 12-11 and on clay 20-11. He made the semis in Auckland and Scottsdale losing to Gustavo Kuerten and Mark Philippoussis respectively, he made first his final since 1999 at Acapulco in the process avenging the defeat in Auckland by Gustavo Kuerten in the semi finals before losing to Agustín Calleri.

Zabaleta matched his fourth round showing from the previous year at the French Open losing to Guillermo Coria in a match that lasted over 4 hours and 40 minutes and went to 5 sets. Then Zabaleta won his second title in Båstad defeating Nicolas Lapentti 6–3 6–4. At the after match presentation the organisers played a recording of the ABBA song "Money, Money, Money" that Zabaleta made with Younes El Aynaoui which the crowd enjoyed and had a good laugh about. . Zabaleta followed up with a semi final in Kitzbühel losing to reigning French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.

In 2004 Zabaleta had defended his title in Båstad against childhood friend and French Open champion Gastón Gaudio 6–1 4–6 7–6(4). He made the semi finals of the Italian Open defeating Tim Henman and Nicolás Massú who were both in the top 15 at the time, before losing to Carlos Moyà. He also had quarter final appearances in Viña del Mar, Buenos Aires and Kitzbühel.

Zabaleta started 2005 with quarter final appearances in Viña del Mar losing to Fernando González. After pushing the world number 1 Roger Federer to 3 sets in Miami Masters. In the quarter finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, Zabaleta was leading David Ferrer by a set and had to be carried off the court with a foot injury which kept him out for two months and he missed the French Open in the process. He came back to play in Båstad and lost in the quarter finals to Tomáš Berdych and made the semi finals in Kitzbühel and after a series of poor results, then he had surgery on his knee.

Zabaleta continued to suffer knee problems in 2006 and finished outside the top 100 for the first time since 1997. He started 2007 by winning the La Serena Challenger defeating Juan-Pablo Brzezicki and was a finalist in Florianopolis losing to Óscar Hernández. After qualifying for the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Zabaleta reached the final without losing a set and in the process defeated both finalists from 2006 Mardy Fish and Jürgen Melzer before losing to Croat Ivo Karlović. Zabaleta won the Bermuda Challenger and with this victory is back inside the top 100 in the ATP rankings.

In 2008 season Zabaleta had very bad results droping beyond top 1000. In 2009 he is trying to come back. As march 2009, he lost the ATP Challenger de Prividencia final in Santiago de Chile against country man Máximo González. With this result he is secure to move foward several spots in the ranking.

In 2004 he started his own show called Tenis Pro in which he takes the video camera with him to all the tournaments and highlights life on tour in a light hearted manner and along with Juan Ignacio Chela conduct various interviews with other players, along with other various skits.

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Guillermo Coria

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Infobox last updated on: 7 February 2009.

Guillermo Sebastián Coria (born January 13, 1982 in Rufino, Santa Fe Province), nicknamed El Mago (The Magician in Spanish), is a professional tennis player from Argentina. He was named after tennis champion and fellow countryman Guillermo Vilas.

Coria currently uses the Head MicroGel Radical Pro. His racquet is strung with Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String at a relatively low tension (50-52 pounds). His clothing sponsor is adidas.

Coria turned professional in 2000, finishing 2003, 2004 and 2005 as a top ten player. He is one of the fastest players in the Association of Tennis Professionals, consistently showing great performances on clay courts tournaments and is often a major threat at the French Open. His playing style is a counter-puncher.

Coria tested positive for nandrolone in April 2001 and was initially suspended two years. Coria claimed that the only supplement he was taking was a multivitamin made by an NJ supplements company. His family had a private lab test the multivitamin, which found them contaminated with steroids. Subsequently, the ATP reduced his suspension to only the seven months that had already passed. Coria sued the company for more than $10 million in lost prize money and endorsements and settled after the third day of the trial for an undisclosed amount.

Coria signalled his arrival as a very good clay court player in 2003 by reaching the finals of Buenos Aires, where he lost a tight best of 3 sets match to Carlos Moyà, and at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost in two straight sets to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Coria went on to win his first Masters Series title at the 2003 Hamburg Masters where he defeated Agustín Calleri in the final in three straight sets.

At the 2003 French Open, Coria defeated Andre Agassi in four sets in the quarter finals before suffering an upset loss to Martin Verkerk and his booming serves in the semi finals. In July 2003, Coria was increasingly establishing himself as the new king of clay in winning 3 clay court tournaments in 3 weeks, the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, the Generali Open in Kitzbühel and the Orange Prokom Open in Sopot. He won these 3 tournaments without dropping a set, dishing out 5 bagels and 8 breadsticks in the process.

In 2004, Coria won the clay court tournament in Buenos Aires and reached the final of the 2004 Miami Masters on hardcourt, where he faced Andy Roddick. From the first set onwards, Coria was visibly hurt by pains in his back that later turned out to be kidney stones. Coria still managed to win the first set 7-6, but Roddick won the next two sets 6-3, 6-1, before Coria retired during the first game of the fourth set.

Three weeks later, Coria defeated Rainer Schüttler in three straight sets in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters to win his second Masters Series title. Coria had now won 5 clay court tournaments in a row and had gone 26 matches unbeaten on clay, and on May 3, 2004, Coria reached a career high world ranking of number 3. In defending his title at the Hamburg Masters, Coria reached the final and took his unbeaten clay court run to 31 matches. In the final, he met the world number 1, Roger Federer, and Coria lost in four sets which brought his 31 match clay court winning run to an end.

At the 2004 French Open, as the favourite to win the title, he reached the final, beating former world number 1, Carlos Moyà, in the quarter finals and British serve and volleyer, Tim Henman, in the semi finals; but he was unexpectedly defeated by unseeded compatriot Gastón Gaudio in an unprecedented all-Argentine final, 0–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1, 8–6. Coria had won the first two sets convincingly and was in control of the third set at 4-3 up when the crowd started a Mexican wave, which galvanised Gaudio and got him to forget his nerves. Coria succumbed to leg cramps in the fourth set, at times barely able to move. But Coria played on, and he twice served for the match in the fifth set at 5-4 and 6-5, having 2 championship points in the latter game, but he missed the line by an inch both times when he attempted a winner. In the end, Gaudio prevailed in a thrilling finish.

Coria surprised most people by reaching the first grass court final of his career at 's-Hertogenbosch, losing the final to Michaël Llodra. Coria then went on to defeat Wesley Moodie in a five set match in the first round of Wimbledon, which took nearly 3 days after the start of the match to complete as a result of rain and poor scheduling. Coria lost in four sets in the second round to Florian Mayer, and got a bad injury to his right shoulder during the match. In August 2004, Coria had surgery on his right shoulder. He returned to the ATP tour in November for the Masters Cup, where he performed poorly.

Coria has appeared in five finals since the 2004 French Open defeat and has lost four of them, the most famous of which being the fifth set tiebreak loss to the rising king of clay, Rafael Nadal, in the 2005 Rome Masters final. The only final Coria won was on July 31, 2005, when he won in Umag, Croatia by defeating Carlos Moyà in the final. Afterwards, Coria joked that the small tournament was considered a fifth Grand Slam in his family, because his wife Carla hails from Croatia. Coria had a surprisingly consistent 2005 season, where he was one of only three players that year to reach the fourth round or better at every Grand Slam, the others being Roger Federer and David Nalbandian.

Despite Coria having a consistent season in 2005, it was during his tournament victory in Umag that he started to suffer from the service yips, a psychological condition that renders a tennis player unable to hit the ball at the correct moment when serving. At first, it wasn't really noticed but it really came to light during the 2005 US Open when Coria served a combined 34 double faults in his fourth round win over Nicolás Massú and his quarter final loss to Robby Ginepri. Against Ginepri, having already saved 5 match points, Coria was serving to take the match into a fifth set tiebreaker, when two double faults in a row from deuce gave Ginepri the win.

As the 2005 season drew to a close, Coria's form started to dip alarmingly as a result of the high number of double faults he was serving in an increasing number of his matches. Coria lost 9 of his last 11 matches of 2005.

Coria's service yips got increasingly worse in 2006, although he still managed to reach the third round of the 2006 Australian Open and later managed a victory over Novak Djokovic at the 2006 Miami Masters without serving any double faults.

Despite Coria's service yips woes, there was still some moments of magic. At the 2006 Monte Carlo Masters, Coria came back from 1-6, 1-5 down to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu despite serving 20 double faults in the match, and Coria then defeated Nicolas Kiefer despite serving 22 double faults, but he was then easily beaten by Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals. After Monte Carlo, Coria wins generally became fewer and further between, although he did manage a semi final in Amersfoort in July 2006.

Coria withdrew from the 2006 French Open and Wimbledon as he attempted to sort out the problems with his game, recover from a niggling elbow injury, and rediscover his old form. In August 2006 he hired Horacio de la Peña as his tennis coach. At the 2006 US Open, Coria retired in his first round match against Ryan Sweeting after just 5 games. It would be 17 months before Coria played a match on the ATP tour again.

Coria made his return in a Challenger in Belo Horizonte Brazil on October 22, 2007. He lost the first set 6–3 to fellow Argentine Juan Pablo Brzezicki and subsequently retired with a back injury. He had been leading in the first set 3–1.

Coria finally returned to the main ATP circuit in the Movistar Open in Chile on January 28, 2008. He showed positive signs of recovering his form, but was still defeated in the first round by Pablo Cuevas 6–4, 4–6, 6–3.

In February, in his second ATP Circuit appearance of the year, Coria defeated Italian qualifier Francesco Aldi 6–4 7–5. It was his first ATP victory in 19 months.

As a result of Andy Roddick's withdrawal from the 2008 French Open due to a back injury, Coria made his first Grand Slam appearance since the 2006 US Open in taking the place of the American. He was given the unenviable task of facing Tommy Robredo, the three-time quarter-finalist and #12 seed, in the first round. Coria was defeated in four sets as Robredo won 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4, but Coria's performance led to much optimism, including from Coria himself who was close to taking the match into a fifth set.

Whether Coria ever manages to recover from the service yips that has damaged his game and kept his ranking hundreds of places below his once top 10 position, remains to be seen.

El Mago attended preschool with David Nalbandian in Argentina. He is a well known River Plate fan (he sometimes celebrates winning matches with Chilean soccer player Marcelo Salas).

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Fernando González

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Infobox last updated on: February 9, 2009.

González is one of the few active players to have reach at least the quarterfinal round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He played his first major final at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to top-ranked Roger Federer. He is the only male tennis player to win each Olympic medal (gold in doubles and bronze in singles at Athens, and silver in singles at Beijing). Throughout his career, he has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot), Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Pete Sampras. González has qualified twice for the year-end Masters Cup event and was runner-up at two Masters Series tournaments. He holds 11 singles titles and three doubles title. He is arguably the greatest Chilean tennis player of the decade.

González began playing tennis at the age of seven. He moved in with his family to the La Reina commune in eastern Santiago, where he practiced with his coach Claudio González (no relation) at the Club de Leones de La Reina.

As a junior, González achieved the world number one ranking. He won the US Open boys doubles (with compatriot Nicolás Massú) in 1997, and the French Open singles (defeating a young Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final) and doubles (with Venezuelan José de Armas) in 1998. That year, aged 17, he made his Davis Cup debut in Chile's tie against Argentina, losing in four sets to Franco Squillari. He won his first Davis Cup tie in a doubles rubber partnering Massú.

González achieved success at futures level in 1998. In the three futures events held in Chile that year, he reached two semifinals and defeated Italian Enzo Artoni in the final in Santiago.

González became a professional in 1999. In the early stages of the year he played mainly at futures level. He reached his first challenger quarter-final in Edinburgh. He played his first ATP tournament in Washington, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in the first round before losing to Marc Rosset.

González won his first ATP title in May when he defeated Massú at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships final in Orlando, Florida. It was the first all-Chilean ATP final since Jaime Fillol defeated Ricardo Acuña in the 1982 Itaparica final.

In February González won his second career ATP title in Viña del Mar by defeating Nicolás Lapentti in the final, and later that year he won his third title in Palermo, Italy and reached the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters (defeating seeded Tim Henman and Andy Roddick en route), and the quarterfinals at the US Open. In September he surpassed former number one player Marcelo Ríos as the top Chilean in the singles rankings, and was one of the most improved players on the ATP circuit, jumping 118 positions in the ATP Champions Race.

In February, González repeated his Viña del Mar title by defeating Gustavo Kuerten in the final. In August, at the Olympic Games in Athens, he and doubles partner Massú gave their country its first ever Olympic gold medal, when they defeated Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler of Germany to win the men's doubles tournament. He also won a bronze medal in the men's singles.

González began the season by taking the title in Auckland, New Zealand —his first hard court title— in January. In April he won his first ATP doubles tournament (and second after the Olympics), in Valencia (clay) with doubles partner Martín Rodríguez. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in June, he went on to win the ATP tournament in Amersfoort (clay), The Netherlands in the following month. He further proved his all-court versatility by winning the indoors-carpet singles title at Basel as well as winning the doubles title in the same tournament with partner Agustín Calleri. The results for 2005 were enough for him to attend the year-end Masters Cup in Shanghai, first as a reserve, and then as a player due to the withdrawal of Andre Agassi after his first match. González became the first Chilean to win a Masters match when he beat Mariano Puerta and just missed out on making the semifinal—and finishing the year as number 10—after losing to Gastón Gaudio in a match in which he had three match points.

In April González became the third Chilean (after Ríos and Massú) to break into the top ten singles ranking. He reached number 10 in the world after winning a quarterfinal match at the Monte Carlo Masters—shortly after parting ways with longtime coach Horacio de la Peña, who was then replaced by Larry Stefanki in May. After reaching his first Masters Series singles final in Madrid (losing to Roger Federer in straight sets) in October, he ascended to world number seven. He finished the year at number ten.

In January González reached the Australian Open singles final, thereby becoming the first Chilean to have reached the quarterfinal round in all four Grand Slam tournaments, and the fourth Chilean (third male) to have reached a Grand Slam tournament final. He beat —in succession— Evgeny Korolev, Juan Martín del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, world number two Rafael Nadal, and Tommy Haas en route to the final, which he lost to world number one Roger Federer in (relatively close) straight sets. On January 29 he jumped to number five, his best career singles ranking, and only five points behind number four. In May he became the first Chilean to reach the finals of the Rome Masters since Ríos won the title in 1998. From July to August, González went on a five-match losing streak, which ended in September, when he captured the China Open tournament title in Beijing. In November he became the first Chilean since Ríos in 1998 to directly qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup. On his opening match, he staged a huge upset by beating top-ranked Federer for the first time in eleven encounters. He then lost to Andy Roddick and Nikolay Davydenko, finishing last of his group. He ended the season at number seven, his highest year-end ranking to date.

At the Australian Open, in January, González failed to defend the totality of the points obtained the year earlier, and fell from 7th to 24th place in the ATP Singles Ranking. He bounced back the following week, winning his home event of Viña del Mar for the third time, rising to number 16. In May he won his 10th ATP title at the BMW Open in Munich. The following month, he reached the quarters of the French Open for the second time, losing to number-one seed Roger Federer in four sets. In August, González represented Chile at the Beijing Olympic Games in both singles and doubles events. At the Games' opening ceremony, he was his country's standard bearer. As in Athens 2004, he partnered with Massú in doubles, but was unable to defend his gold, exiting in the first round. In singles, he improved his Olympic record, clinching a silver medal, after beating James Blake of the United States in the semifinals. In the gold medal match, he lost in straight sets to Spain's Rafael Nadal. At the 2008 U.S. Open in September, he lost in the 4th round to former local champion, Andy Roddick, 2-6, 4-6, 1-6. He ended the season at number 15. In November, at the end of the season, Stefanki ceased coaching González after a job offer from Roddick. On December 12, González announced he had hired former Argentine player Martín Rodríguez as his new full-time coach for 2009.

In the first round of the Australian Open, Gonzalez prevailed over Lleyton Hewitt in an five-set thriller which lasted 3 hours and 7 minutes. The final score was 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. He then beat Guillermo Cañas, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. González then came back from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet of France, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6(10), 6-2, 12-10, in a match that lasted over four hours. He bowed out of the tournament with a straight sets defeat against world number one and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the 4th round.

At the Viña del Mar tournament in February González was victorious once again, taking the title for the fourth time in five finals. He overpowered all of his opponents with a solid display of tennis, and did not drop a set throughout the whole tournament. He defeated his good friend José Acasuso, 6-1, 6-3 in the final. With this win he returned to the top 15 in singles.

González was born in Santiago, Chile. His father, Fernando González, is the manager of a flour mill in Santiago and his mother, Patricia Ciuffardi, a housewife.

González is a very private person and rarely discusses aspects of his personal life with the press.

A = did not participate in the tournament. Q = lost in qualifying draw. 1. The win total does not include walkovers.

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