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Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero at the 2009 Brisbane International.jpg
Nickname(s) Juanqui, Mosquito
Country  Spain
Residence Villena, Spain
Date of birth 12 February 1980 (1980-02-12) (age 30)
Place of birth Ontinyent, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (160 lb; 11.5 st)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$12,688,727
Singles
Career record 426-227
Career titles 14
Highest ranking No. 1 (8 September 2003)
Current ranking No. 14 (1 March 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (2004)
French Open W (2003)
Wimbledon QF (2007, 2009)
US Open F (2003)
Doubles
Career record 4–23
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 198 (3 February 2003)
Australian Open 1R (2004, 2005)
French Open -
Wimbledon 1R (2002, 2003)
US Open 1R (2006)
Last updated on: 3 August 2009.

Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat (born 12 February 1980) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Spain. He captured the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open, and in September that year, he became the 21st player to hold the world no. 1 ranking. He was also the runner-up at the 2002 French Open and the 2003 U.S. Open. His nickname is "Mosquito" due to his speed and wiry, strong physique.

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Personal life

Juan Carlos began playing tennis at age seven with his father, Eduardo, who often travels with son. He has two sisters, Ana and Laura and admires the play of former No. 1 and two-time Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. Ferrero's inspiration has been his mother, Rosario, who died from cancer when he was 17. He is one of only a handful of players in the tennis open era to have reached the quarter-final stage at all four Grand Slam events. In July 2007, he bought an old cottage in Bocairente, 50 minutes south from Valencia and refurbished it into "Hotel Ferrero," which features 12 luxury suites. He is also a part owner of the Valencia Open 500 tournament. His fitness trainer is Miguel Maeso, and he is coached by Antonio Martinez (since 1989) and Salvador Navarro (since May 2008), who travels most of the time with him.

Playing Style & Equipment

Although Ferrero was known as one of the best clay court players during his prime, he has distinguished himself as an all-court and all-round player through his solid performance on hard court tournaments. He actually said during an interview that he prefers to play on hard courts. Tennis experts agreed that Ferrero's clay court game translated well to the hard court due to his aggressive style of playing. He also has one of the greatest forehands in the game and immense speed on the court. He is sponsored by Joma for his attire and Prince Sports for his racquets.

Career

Early Years

Born in Onteniente, Ferrero came to prominence in 1998 making final of the French Open juniors, losing to Fernando González finishing the year ranked the number 17 junior. He then made his professional debut in 1998 by reaching the finals of his first future tournament in Italy losing to Miguel Pastura 4-6, 5-7. He then won two Future events in Spain defeating Gorka Fraile and Emilio Viuda-Hernandez in respective finals. He ended the year ranked world number 345. A year later, he made his first ATP main draw debut in Casablanca in 1999 and reached the semifinals where he lost to Alberto Martin 5-7, 4-6. He then won two more challenger events in Napoli and Maia as well as making another final in Napoli. As a result, Ferrero made his top 100 debut at number 95. He would make his Grand Slam debut at the 1999 US Open in August losing to 9th seeded Greg Rusedski in the first round. The following month, in just his fifth professional event, he won his first career title in Majorca, Spain at the 1999 Majorca Open defeating second seed Alex Corretja 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 which propelled him from world number 68 to 47. he ended the year at world number 43 and won the ATP Newcomer of the year award. The following year later, he made his Australian Open debut, making it to the third round where he was defeated by Younes El Aynaoui in a tight 5-setter 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6. Shortly after, he would reach finals in the 2000 Dubai Tennis Championships and the 2000 Barcelona Open, where he lost to Nicolas Kiefer and Marat Safin respectively. By doing so, Ferrero entered the top 20 for the first time at number 18. His best performance of the year however, was reaching the semifinals of his first ever French Open, where he lost to the eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten in five sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6. He reached the semi-finals of 2000 Paris Masters losing to eventual champion Marat Safin 2-6, 2-6. He also helped Spain win the Davis Cup winning all his 5 matches producing a 5-0 record that year in the Davis Cup. Although he did not win any titles in 2000, his significant performances in major tournaments helped him end the year ranked world number 12.

2001-2003

In 2001, Ferrero started the year at the Australian Open losing in the second round to Australian Andrew Ilie. In the span of three months Ferrero won four titles. His first was in Dubai defeating Marat Safin 6-2, 3-1 RET in the finals, then he won the 2001 Estoril Open in an all Spanish final defeating Felix Mantilla 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 this placed at no. 9 in the world his top 10 debut. He then won Barcelona defeating Carlos Moya 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. He also won his first Masters title at the 2001 Rome Masters were he defeated Gustavo Kuerten 3-6, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 his first win over a world no. 1, then he reached the finals of 2001 Hamburg Masters losing to Albert Portas 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, 6-7(5), 5-7 and then he reached the semi-finals at the French Open for the second consecutive year, losing again to the no. 1 seed, defending Champion, and eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten.This marks an awesome four weeks for the Spaniard. Ferrero also reached the finals in Gstaad losing to Jiri Novak 6–1, 6–7(5), 7–5 and the Semi-finals of the 2001 Tennis Masters Cup losing to eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 3-6 and finished the year ranked World No. 5.

2002 Ferrero missed the Australian Open due to a bursitis in right knee. He also made a bad start having a record of 7-8 up until the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters where he defeated Carlos Moya in staright seys 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals to win the title. He was however unsuccessful in defending his Rome title losing to Ivan Ljubicic in the second round. However at the 2002 French Open saw Ferrero reach his first Grand Slam final at the French Open. However, despite being the strong favourite, he lost to compatriot Albert Costa 1-6, 0-6, 6-4, 3-6. His foot was injured during the tournament and he played through taking a lot of cortisone shots. He then reached the finals at Kitzbuhel losing to Alex Corretja 4-6, 1-6, 3-6. He then lost in the semi-finals in the 2002 Cincinnati Masters losing to eventual champion Carlos Moya 3-6, 4-6. He the won his second title of the year in Hong Kong revenging his lost to Carlos Moya by beating him in th finals 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4). He reached the finals of the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup losing once again to Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6 This result saw the Spaniard finish the year ranked World No. 4.

In 2003, Ferrero started the year by reaching the finals in Sydney losing to Hyung-Taik Lee 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-7(4). He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open losing to Wayne Ferreira 6-7(4), 6-7(5), 1-6. He won his first title of the year at the 2003 Monte Carlo Masters which he defended by defeating Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-2. In his hext four tournaments, he reached the semifinals of Barcelona losing to Marat Safin 4-6, 3-6 and the semifinals at the 2003 Rome Masters losing to Roger Federer 4-6, 2-4 RET. He also won 2003 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana defeating Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-4 without losing a set. He then won his first Grand Slam at the 2003 French Open defeating Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the finals [1]. He then reached the 4th Round of Wimbledon losing to Sebastian Grosjean 2-6, 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-7(3). He also went on to reach the final of the 2003 US Open, eliminating former World #1s and former U.S. Open champions Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi before losing to Andy Roddick 3-6, 6-7(2), 3-6 in the final. This result saw Ferrero take the number 1 spot from Agassi. He then competed in Bangkok for the first time as world no. 1 losing to Taylor Dent in the finals 3-6, 6-7(5). He took his last title in 6 years in the Madrid his first hard court Masters title by defeating Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the finals. He was presented with a "National Sportsman of the Year" award from King Juan Carlos. He ended the year ranked World No. 3, behind only Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.

2004-2008

Injuries however began to plague Ferrero throughout 2004 and his ranking and form dipped. Despite making the Australian Open semi-finals early in the year (losing to Roger Federer) 4-6, 1-6, 4-6 and the finals of 2004 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament losing to Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 5-7, 4-6, 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 8 May, 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 second 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 looked fresher and healthier in 2005 and began to climb back up towards the top echelons of the game. He reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters (losing to Guillermo Coria) 2-6, 5-7 and Beijing (losing to Rafael Nadal) 4-6, 4-6. He reached the finals of the Open Seat Godo in Barcelona to Rafael Nadal 1-6, 6-7(4), 3-6 in April, as well as the finals of Vienna lost to Ivan Ljubicic 2-6, 4-6, 6-7(5) later in the year. He ended 2005 ranked World No. 17.

In 2006 Ferrero performance was mediocre reachind One semi-finals in Buenos Aires lost to Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6 and one finals in Cincinnati. During the 2006 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters event in Cincinnati, Ferrero notched his first Top 10 win of 2006 with a 6–2, 6–4 win over US #1 and World No. 5 player James Blake. A few days later, Ferrero defeated World No. 2 Rafael Nadal 7–6(2), 7–6(3) and then World No. 7 Tommy Robredo 6–3, 6–4 to move into the final of an ATP Masters Series event for the first time since 2003. In the final, Ferrero lost to Andy Roddick 6–3, 6–4, to whom he also lost in the 2003 US Open[2]. He ended the year ranked no. 23

In 2007, Ferrero reached the final of the Brasil Open, where he lost to Guillermo Cañas 6-7(4), 2-6. The semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, where he lost to Carlos Moyà 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, the semifinals of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters losing to Roger Federer 3-6, 4-6 and the semifinals in Vienna lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 5-7, 1-6 . At the Australian Open, Ferrero lost in the second round to Danai Udomchoke of Thailand. He was eliminated during the round robin portion of the Copa Telemex tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the first round of the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. He managed to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon losing 7–6(2), 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 to Roger Federer. Ferrero never reproduced his 2003 form at this year's French Open, losing in the third round to Mikhail Youzhny 6–7, 7–6, 6–2, 6–2. He lost at the 2007 US Open to Feliciano López in the first round. He ended the year ranked no. 24.

Ferrero started 2008 by reaching the final of the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand and defeating David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open. After the Australian Open, Ferrero suffered early losses to Nicolas Mahut at the Open 13 in Marseille and at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam to Teimuraz Gabashvili. Following these two losses, Ferrero then lost to Andy Roddick in Dubai, 6-2, 6-4. He made a fourth round appearance at the Pacific Life Open, but Nalbandian defeated him 6-2, 6-2. At the Sony Ericsson Open, Ferrero lost to Tomáš Berdych in the third round. He lost to Marat Safin in three sets at the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana in the first round. At the Monte Carlo Masters, showings still were mediocre for the Spaniard, as he lost to Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1.

However, Ferrero displayed excellent form at the 2008 Rome Masters, beating Nicolas Kiefer 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, and then stunning World No. 2 Nadal. Ferrero had lost at Monte Carlo to Nadal two weeks earlier, and Nadal had won seventeen successive matches on the Roman tennis courts, triumphing over him 7-5, 6-1. [3][4], however he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in the following round 4-6, 3-6. He then competed in the 2008 French Open retiring in the first round due to a leg injury against Marcos Daniel after winning the first set 7-6(5) 2-2 RET. He then competed in the 2008 Wimbledon retiring in the second round against Mischa Zverev 4-6, 4-6, 1-2 RET due to a Hamstring injury. He then missed the next 3 months with a shoulder injury. He returned with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2008 China Open losing to eventual champion Andy Roddick. His next tournaments were in Vienna a second round loss to Jurgen Melzer and a Quarterfinals appearance at Lyon losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He ended the year ranked no. 55, his lowest year-end ranking since 1998.

2009

Ferrero during the 2009 US Open.

Ferrero started the year with early losses in the 2009 Brisbane International, 2009 Heineken Open, and the 2009 Australian Open which made him drop outside the top 100 at 101 for the first time in almost 10 years. He however reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 Brasil Open losing to Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(5), 6-1, 3-6 and of the 2009 Copa Telmex losing to David Nalbandian 3-6, 0-3 RET.

In March 2009, Ferrero captured his first singles title since 2003 by defeating 5th-seeded Florent Serra 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the 2009 Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco[5]. He however had early losses in rest of the claycourt season. He lost in first round of the 2009 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, failed to qualify in Rome, and second round losts in 2009 Estoril Open, 2009 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open and the 2009 French Open.

However Ferrero's resurgence came in the grass courts, as he reached the semi-finals of the 2009 AEGON Championships losing to Andy Murray 2-6, 4-6, and the quarter-finals of Wimbledon defeating 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez in the third round 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted about 3 hours and 7th seed Gilles Simon in the Fourth Round 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2, before losing to Andy Murray 5-7, 3-6, 2-6. These performances saw him climb from 90 to 37 in a month. He then reached the finals of the 2009 ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag losing to Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 0-6. At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Ferrero advanced to the third round before losing to Tommy Haas 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 [6] after beating Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2.

He then competed at the 2009 Rogers Cup where he needed to qualify to compete in the main draw despite his high ranking. He defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the first round 6-1, 6-4 ending Hewitt's 3 match win streak against the Spaniard. He then defeated 13th seed Gaël Monfils 6-3 7-6(7)[7] in the pairs first meeting before losing to Andy Murray once again 6-1 6-3. He then lost in the first round of the 2009 Cincinnati Masters to Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4. At the 2009 US Open he defeated Fabrice Santoro in Santoro's last US Open match in the first round. In the 2nd round against Philipp Petzschner, Juan Carlos mounted a remarkable comeback from two sets down for the third time in his career to win 1-6 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-4. he then went on to defeat no. 9 seed Gilles Simon 1-6 6-4 7-6(5) 1-0 ret and had been defeated in 4th round by Juan Martin del Potro. On ranking issue date October 5, Ferrero climbed imnpressively into the top 20, having been ranked 115 just 5 months before. In his first tournament after the US Open at the 2009 China Open he lost to Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-4 in the second round after defeating Nicolas Almagro 7-5 7-6(3). He then competed in 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 were he missed being seeded by one rank, he was then crushed in the first round by 13th seed Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-0 winning only 7 points in the second set. He the lost in the first round of 2009 If Stockholm Open to Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-2. He thencompeted in the 2009 Valencia Open 500 however he lost to Pablo Cuevas in a 3 set battle 2-6 7-6(4) 6-3, after serving for the set at 5-3 on the second set. He ended the year at no. 23, which was 32 spots higher than the previous year and won his first title in 6 years.

2010

Ferrero had a bad start to the 2010 season. Ferrero started the year at the 2010 Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand where he retired with injury trailing 1-3 in the second round after receiving a first round bye. At the Australian Open, he lost to Ivan Dodig after being two sets to love up and cruising to victory. His mind slipped mid-match and he got crushed during the last three sets in the match; 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 1-6.

Ferrero then competed in the 2010 Brasil Open as the no.1 seed, he earned his first win of the season against Eduardo Schwank 7-6(4), 6-3. He then defeated Nicolás Massú 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 (despite failing to serve out the match 5-4 in the second set), and qualifier Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. He beat Brazilian Wildcard Ricardo Mello 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals. In the final, he crushed Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 in 61 minutes, conceding one of his services games but in turn, breaking all of his opponent's service games[8].

In the 2010 Copa Telmex as the no.2 seed he defeated top seed David Ferrer in the Finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 after defeating Juan Monaco in the semi-finals 6-2, 7-6(5), Santiago Ventura 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 serving an impressive 100% of first serves in in the 3rd set and losing only 16 points on serve despite it going to three in the Quarterfinals, Marcos Daniel 6-2, 6-4 in the second round and recording his second victory in four days over Ricardo Mello beating him 6-1, 6-2. This was his second title in a row and continues his winning streak to 10. The victory also rose his ranking to world no.16.

At the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, he had comfortable victories over qualifier Diego Junqueira 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. Carrying on his fiery form, he defeated defending champion Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the quarterfinals not facing any break points in the 1st and 3rd sets and being broken only once. He the defeated Juan Monaco in the semifinals, when the Argentinian retired with a abdominal strain after losing the first set 7-5 after receiving treatment at 5-4 to Monaco. Ferrero faced David Ferrer in his third straight final and lost 3-6, 6-3, 1-6. Both players admitted that Ferrero's fatigue played a major role in the final set. Which ended his 14 match winning streak. Despite this loss he will rise to no. 14 in the world, the first time he was ranked that high since October 11, 2004, when he was ranked 13th.

He defeated Daniel Köllerer 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of the 2010 BNP Paribas Open earning his first hardcourt victory of the season, losing only 8 points on serve. He is now set to face Juan Monaco in the third round, this will be their 3rd straight meeting in a row with Ferrero prevailing in the other two. He was upset 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 in a match than lasted over 3 hours.

Davis Cup

Ferrero made his David Cup debut for Spain in the quarter-finals match-up against Russia in 2000 where he won both his matches against Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin which he both defeated in straight sets. He also played in the semi-finals this time against the American Vince Spadea were he won in three 4-6 6-1 6-4. He further become more impressive in the Davis Cup when he defeated Australians Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt for Spain to capture the Davis Cup for the very first time. At 2001 Spain fell to Netherlands werte Ferrero lost his first match at the Davis Cup against Raemon Sluiter losing two tie-breaker and winning one. He however made up for this lost when they needed to compete in the qualifying rounds for the Davis Cup he defeated Oleg Ogorodov of Uzbekistan in straight sets. Juan Carlos continued to be the key Davis Cup players in subsequent years. In both 2003 and 2004, Juan Carlos contributed to Spain's successive progress to Davis Cup final [9]. In 2004, Spain won the Davis Cup again for the second time. In 2009, Juan Carlos won the 5th decisvie rubber against Germany 6-4 6-4 6-4 in Davis Cup quarterfinal[10], hence, put Spain through to the Semifinal. Again in the semifinal, Juan Carlos won the second live rubber against Israel 6-4 6-2 6-0 [11]- again putting Spain on track to win the Davis Cup for two years consecutively - the first nation to succeed that in 21 years[12] (last one was Sweden in 1998). As Nadal returned from injury to play the final for Spain, Juan Carlos was not selected to Spain's final squad team. Unfortunately for Juan Carlos, although he has contributed significantly to Spain's successful reclaim of Davis Cup in 2009, and he attended all the live rubbers to support his teammates during the first two days of Davis Cup final, but, as reserve only during the final, he was not included at the 2009 Davis Cup presentation ceremony and celebrations on the final day. [13]

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