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Juan Carlos Ferrero

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Juan Carlos Ferrero (born February 12, 1980, in Onteniente, Spain) is a professional tennis player. In October 2003, he became the 21st player to hold the top spot on the ATP ranking. His nickname is "Mosquito" due to his speed and wiry, strong physique. His inspiration is his mother who died from cancer when he was 17.

Ferrero made his professional debut in 1999, making an immediate splash by reaching the semi-finals of his first ATP Tour event in Casablanca. He made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open (tennis) in August and then in the following month, in only his fifth professional event, he won his first career title in Majorca.

Ferrero continued his rise throughout 2000 and although he did not win a title, he reached finals in Dubai and Barcelona and helped Spain win the Davis Cup by defeating Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter in the final against Australia. His best performance however was arguably at his first French Open at Roland Garros where he stormed to the semi-finals, losing only to eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten in five sets.

In 2001 Ferrero confirmed his status as one of the game's best clay court players, winning titles in Estoril, Barcelona and Rome and he reached the semi-finals at the French Open for the second consecutive year, losing again to Gustavo Kuerten. Ferrero also won the tournament in Dubai and finished the year ranked five in the world.

2002 saw Ferrero reach his first Grand Slam final, at the French Open. However, despite being the strong favourite, he lost to compatriot Albert Costa in four sets. He won titles in Monte Carlo and Hong Kong and reached the final of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, losing an epic five set final to Lleyton Hewitt. This result saw the Spaniard finish the year ranked fourth in the world.

2003 saw Ferrero have his best year to date, winning the titles in Monte Carlo and Valencia before fulfilling his clay court promise by taking the French Open, easily defeating Dutchman Martin Verkerk in the final. He also went on to reach the final on the hard courts at the U.S. Open (tennis), where he lost to Andy Roddick. This result saw Ferrero become the number one ranked player in the world and he rounded the year off by taking his first indoor title in Madrid and being presented with a "National Sportsman of the Year" award from King Juan Carlos. He would end the year ranked third in the world.

Injuries however began to plague Ferrero throughout 2004 and his ranking and form dipped. Chicken Pox kept him out for the entire month of March and after a first round loss in Monte Carlo in April, he required another month out for rest and recuperation. On May 8 Ferrero fell during a practice session , injuring his ribs and his right wrist and went into the defence of his French Open crown underprepared. He lost in the first round to Igor Andreev and continued to struggle for the rest of the year, finishing outside the world's top 30 for the first time in five years.

Ferrero is looking fresher and healthier so far in 2005 as he attempts to climb towards the top echelons of the game. He reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters and the finals of the Open Seat Godo in Barcelona in April.


Contents

Titles (11)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (4)
ATP Tour (6)

Singles (11)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. Sep 13, 1999 Majorca, Spain Clay Alex Corretja (Spain) 2-6 7-5 6-3
2. Feb 26, 2001 Dubai, UAE Hard Marat Safin (Russia) 6-2 3-1 RET
3. Apr 9, 2001 Estoril, Portugal Clay Felix Mantilla (Spain) 7-6 4-6 6-3
4. Apr 23, 2001 Barcelona, Spain Clay Carlos Moya (Spain) 4-6 7-5 6-3 3-6 7-5
5. May 7, 2001 Rome Clay Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) 3-6 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-2
6. Apr 15, 2002 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Carlos Moya (Spain) 7-5 6-3 6-4
7. Sep 23, 2002 Hong Kong, China Hard Carlos Moya (Spain) 6-3 1-6 7-6
8. Apr 14, 2003 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Guillermo Coria (Argentina) 6-2 6-2
9. Apr 28, 2003 Valencia, Spain Clay Christophe Rochus (Belgium) 6-2 6-4
10. May 26, 2003 Roland Garros, Paris, France Clay Martin Verkerk (Netherlands) 6-1 6-3 6-2
11. Oct 13, 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard Nicolas Massu (Chile) 6-3 6-4 6-3

Singles Finalist (12)

  • 2000: Dubai (lost to Nicolas Kiefer)
  • 2000: Barcelona (lost to Marat Safin)
  • 2001: Hamburg AMS (lost to Albert Portas)
  • 2001: Gstaad (lost to Jiri Novak)
  • 2002: Roland Garros (lost to Albert Costa)
  • 2002: Kitzbuhel (lost to Alex Corretja)
  • 2002: Tennis Masters Cup (lost to Lleyton Hewitt)
  • 2003: Sydney (lost to Hyung-Taik Lee)
  • 2003: US Open (lost to Andy Roddick)
  • 2003: Bangkok (lost to Taylor Dent)
  • 2004: Rotterdam (lost to Lleyton Hewitt)
  • 2005: Barcelona (lost to Rafael Nadal)

Performance timeline

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Career
Australian Open 3r SF QF - 2r 3r - 0
French Open 3r 2r W F SF SF - 1
Wimbledon 3r 4r 2r 3r - - 0
US Open 2r F 3r 3r 4r 1r 0


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