Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat is a Spanish professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1 player. He is nicknamed the "Mosquito" due to his speed and his slight physical build. Though primarily revered as one of the best clay-court players, he has diversified and refined himself as an all-court and all-round player through his solid performance on hard- and grass-court tournaments. He also has one of the greatest forehands in the game coupled with immense speed on the court. Ferrero made his professional debut in 1998 by reaching the finals of his first Futures tournament in Italy. He also won two Futures events in Spain later that year. 1999 was the year that he made his first ATP main draw debut. Though he did not win that tournament he went on to win two Challenger events in Naples and Maia, as well as making another final in Naples. ThE same year, He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1999 US Open in August. He ended the year with the ATP Newcomer of the year award. In 2001, Ferrero won four titles including his first Masters title at the 2001 Rome Masters, in a span of three months. He captured the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open. He was also the runner-up at the 2002 French Open and the 2003 US Open. In 2011, he competed in the MercedesCup to capture the Stuttgart title. Ferrero announced on 12 September 2012, that he would officially retire from professional tenniS after the Valencia Open 500 in October
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Spanish Champions in Roland Garros, other than Rafael Nadal
Think about Roland
Garros, and the first name that will come into our minds will be Rafael Nadal.
The King of Clay has been guarding his territory like a Spanish matador, conquering
every battle on the red dirt barring one single defeat against Robin Soderling
in 2009. With an astounding 58-1 record in French Open, there is no wonder why
he is considered as the greatest clay court player ever to grace the Roland
Not only for Rafa, but
the slow courts of French Open has been successful for a number of fellow Spaniards
also. In this post let’s take a look at the Spanish champions in Roland Garros (Open
Era only), other than the great Rafael Nadal.
Andres Gimeno (1972)
At the age of 34 and 10
months, Andres Gimeno defeated Patrick Proisy (France) by 4-6, 6-3, 6 -1, 6-1
to win French Open. This is his only grand slam and he remains the oldest male
player to win the Roland Garros title. In 1969, legendary Rod Laver defeated
him by 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the Australian Open final.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
(1989, 1994, 1998)
Arantxa Sanchez is the
female equivalent of Rafael Nadal in Spanish tennis. Hailing from a family of
tennis players, she conquered Roland Garros in 1989, 1994 and 1998. In 1989 Arantxa,
nicknamed as Barcelnoa Bumblebee for her retrieval skills and indomitable spirit,
became the youngest women’s singles player (she was 17) to win French Open
title. This record didn’t last long, and was broken by Monica Seles (16 years) in
Sergi Bruguera (1993,
A fantastic clay court
player, Sergi Brugurea won consecutive Roland Garros titles in 1993 and 1994. His
hope for a third French Open title in 1997 was crushed by Gustavo Kuerten, who
won the final 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Bruguera also won the silver medal in men’s tennis
for Spain in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Carlos Moya (1998)
Another clay court
legend from Spain who has stamped his mark on Roland Garros is Carlos Moya. In
1998, he defeated fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to lift the
coveted French Open. He was a part of the Spanish Davis Cup winning team in
2004. In a career marred with injuries, Moya gave us some spectacular matches
and moments to cherish for. He has also mentored many Spanish tennis players
including Rafael Nadal.
Albert Costa (2002)
Four years later, in
2002, another Spanish clay-courter won the Roland Garros men’s singles title.
This time it was Albert Costa, widely considered as an outsider in major
tournaments. Just like the 1998 final, 2002 French Open also witnessed the
battle between two Spaniards, Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Cost outclassed an
injured Ferrero by 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. His other major victories include 2000
Davis Cup title and Sydney Olympics bronze medal in doubles for Spain.
Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003)
Throughout his career,
Juan Carlos Ferrero had suffered a lot of injuries. In 2002 French Open, inspite
of suffering a foot injury, he reached the finals, but lost the match to fellow
Spaniard Albert Costa. Next year the wheel of fortune has taken a complete
turn. Once again Ferrero booked a place in the Roland Garros final, this time
against the relatively unknown Martin Verkerk, and defeating him 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
2003 was a golden year for Ferrero, with him winning French Open, being US Open
finalist and winning Spanish Sportsman of the Year award.
Garros final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will be a part of history
books. Rafa is aiming for a record setting eighth French Open crown and Ferrertrying for his first grand slam title. But eventually Spain will be the real
winner. This list will have one more name to it, if Ferrer defeats Nadal, and that
seems highly unlikely on Roland Garros.
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