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Sergi Bruguera

Sergi Bruguera
Country (sports)  Spain
Residence Barcelona, Spain
Born (1971-01-16) 16 January 1971
Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $11,632,199
Singles
Career record 447–271
Career titles 14
Highest ranking No. 3 (1 August 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1993)
French Open W (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon 4R (1994)
US Open 4R (1994, 1997)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (1994)
Olympic Games Silver Medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record 49–50
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 49 (6 May 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 3R (1990)
US Open QF (1990)

Sergi Bruguera i Torner (Catalan pronunciation: ; born 16 January 1971, in Barcelona, Spain) is a former professional tennis player from Catalonia, Spain. He won consecutive men's singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994. As of 2014, he has won the most Grand Slam titles for someone not elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Major finals 2
    • Grand Slam finals 2.1
      • Singles: 3 (2–1) 2.1.1
    • Masters Series finals 2.2
      • Singles: 5 (2–3) 2.2.1
  • Titles (17) 3
    • Singles (14–21) 3.1
    • Doubles (3) 3.2
  • Singles performance timeline 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Bruguera was Spain's national junior champion in 1987. He turned professional in 1988. In his first full year on the tour, 1989, he won the Cairo Challenger title as a qualifier, defeating Jordi Arrese in the final, and reached the semi-finals in Rome. He finished 1989 ranked world No. 26, and was named the ATP's newcomer of the year.

Bruguera earned a reputation as a top clay court player in the early 1990s, winning titles in Estoril, Monte Carlo, and Athens in 1991, and in Madrid, Gstaad, and Palermo in 1992.

In 1993, following wins over Pete Sampras and Andrei Medvedev, Bruguera reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where he faced two-time defending champion and then World No. 2 Jim Courier. Courier was overwhelmingly favoured to win his third title, but ultimately Bruguera won a gruelling five-set final. The victory was one of five titles Bruguera captured that year and was also the last time a man won a Grand Slam singles title with wins over both of the top two seeds until Stanislas Wawrinka won the Australian Open in 2014. The following year Bruguera defended his title at the French Open, defeating, once again, Courier and Medvedev and fellow Spaniard Alberto Berasategui in the final.

Bruguera won the men's singles silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was defeated in straight sets in the final by Andre Agassi.

Bruguera was the first ever opponent of Lleyton Hewitt in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the Australian Open in 1997. Bruguera defeated him in straight sets.[1]

Bruguera reached the French Open final for the third time in 1997, but Gustavo Kuerten defeated Bruguera in straight sets.

After 1997, due to injuries, Bruguera was far from his best game. He lost concentration and started to increase his errors during his matches, losing one of his great virtues, his solid style. From 1998 until his retirement only is remarkable the final (1999) and the winning (2000) in the Challenger Open Castilla y León (considered best challenger tournament of the world by this date) and the final in San Marino in 2000.

Outside tennis, Bruguera is a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and would often attend their games while playing at tournaments in the United States. In Miami on 28 March 1997, during the same tournament where he defeated World No. 1 Sampras in the semifinals, Bruguera sank three shots (layup, free throw, top of key) during a time-out of a game between the Lakers and the Miami Heat to earn US$500. This money was given to ATP Charities in his name. Bruguera has also played semi-professional Football in his native Spain.[2]

Bruguera earned the ATP's Comeback Player of Year award in 1997 after returning from an ankle injury the previous year and improving his ranking from World No. 81 to World No. 8.

Bruguera won a total of 14 top-level singles titles and 3 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 3. He is currently the director of the Bruguera Tennis Academy Top Team.

In a 2006 interview featuring questions from fans by the BBC Sport website, a question was asked about the frequent comparisons between Roger Federer and Sampras. In his reply, Bruguera claimed that Federer is ten times better than Sampras.[3]

Bruguera is one of the few players to have a winning record against Sampras, winning three of their five matches: 1–0 on hard court, 2–1 on clay, and 0–1 on carpet.[4] He is also, along with Patrick Rafter, the only player to have always won against Roger Federer, having defeated the 17 times Grand Slam winner at the 2000 Barcelona Open.

He is currently the coach of French number one Richard Gasquet.[5]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (2–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1993 French Open Clay Jim Courier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1994 French Open (2) Clay Alberto Berasategui 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1997 French Open Clay Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 4–6, 2–6

Masters Series finals

Singles: 5 (2–3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1991 Monte Carlo Clay Boris Becker 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(6), 7–6(4)
Winner 1993 Monte Carlo (2) Clay Cédric Pioline 7–6(2), 6–0
Runner-up 1994 Monte Carlo Clay Andrei Medvedev 5–7, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1995 Rome Clay Thomas Muster 6–3, 6–7(5), 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1997 Miami Hard Thomas Muster 6–7(6), 3–6, 1–6

Titles (17)

Singles (14–21)

Legend
Grand Slam (2–1)
Olympic(0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (2–3)
ATP Championship Series (0–4)
ATP Tour (10–12)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (13–16)
Carpet (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 15 July 1990 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Martín Jaite 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 16 September 1990 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Horst Skoff 6–7(8–10), 6–7(4–7)
Winner 1. 7 April 1991 Estoril, Portugal Clay Karel Nováček 7–6(9–7), 6–1
Runner-up 3. 14 April 1991 Barcelona, Spain Clay Emilio Sánchez 4–6, 6–7(7–9), 2–6
Winner 2. 28 April 1991 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Boris Becker 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 4. 14 July 1991 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Emilio Sánchez 1–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 6 October 1991 Athens, Greece Clay Jordi Arrese 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 5 April 1992 Estoril, Portugal Clay Carlos Costa 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 3 May 1992 Madrid, Spain Clay Carlos Costa 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–2
Winner 5. 12 July 1992 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Francisco Clavet 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 20 September 1992 Bordeaux, France Clay Andrei Medvedev 3–6, 6–1, 2–6
Winner 6. 4 October 1992 Palermo, Italy Clay Emilio Sánchez 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 11 October 1992 Athens, Greece Clay Jordi Arrese 5–7, 0–3 retired
Runner-up 8. 14 February 1993 Milan, Italy Carpet (I) Boris Becker 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 11 April 1993 Barcelona, Spain Clay Andrei Medvedev 7–6(9–7), 3–6, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 7. 25 April 1993 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Cédric Pioline 7–6(7–2), 6–0
Runner-up 10. 2 May 1993 Madrid, Spain Clay Stefan Edberg 3–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 6 June 1993 Roland Garros, Paris, France Clay Jim Courier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 11 July 1993 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Karel Nováček 6–3, 6–4
Winner 10. 8 August 1993 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Andrei Chesnokov 7–5, 6–4
Winner 11. 19 September 1993 Bordeaux, France Hard Diego Nargiso 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 3 October 1993 Palermo, Italy Clay Thomas Muster 6–7(2–7), 5–7
Runner-up 12. 6 February 1994 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Magnus Gustafsson 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 24 April 1994 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Andrei Medvedev 5–7, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 1 May 1994 Madrid, Spain Clay Thomas Muster 2–6, 6–3, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 5 June 1994 Roland Garros, Paris, France Clay Alberto Berasategui 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 13. 10 July 1994 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Guy Forget 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 14. 7 August 1994 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Andrei Medvedev 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 21 May 1995 Rome, Italy Clay Thomas Muster 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 28 July 1996 Atlanta Olympics, U.S. Hard Andre Agassi 2–6, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 17. 2 March 1997 Milan, Italy Carpet (I) Goran Ivanišević 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 18. 23 March 1997 Miami, U.S. Hard Thomas Muster 6–7(6–8), 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 19. 8 June 1997 French Open, Paris Clay Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 27 July 1997 Umag, Croatia Clay Félix Mantilla 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 21. 30 July 2000 San Marino Clay Álex Calatrava 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–4

Doubles (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. 13 May 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay Jim Courier Udo Riglewski
Michael Stich
7–6, 6–2
2. 17 June 1990 Florence, Italy Clay Horacio de la Peña Luiz Mattar
Diego Pérez
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
3. 15 September 1991 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Marc Rosset Per Henricsson
Ola Jonsson
3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A 2R 1R A 4R A A A 3R 1R A A 1R A 0 / 6 6–6
French Open A 4R 2R 2R 1R W W SF 2R F 1R A 1R 2R A 2 / 12 32–10
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A A A 4R A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 4 4–4
US Open A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R 3R 4R 2R A A 1R A 0 / 11 13–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 1 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 0 2 / 33 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 3–3 4–4 2–3 1–2 10–3 13–3 6–2 3–2 11–3 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–4 0–0 N/A 55–31
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME 3R 2R QF 1R 2R A A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 7 7–7
Miami NME 2R 4R 3R A 3R A 3R F 2R A A 1R A 0 / 8 10–8
Monte Carlo NME 2R W 2R W F QF 2R 3R 2R A A 1R A 2 / 10 25–8
Rome NME 2R SF 3R QF A F 1R 3R 1R A A 2R A 0 / 9 18–9
Hamburg NME 1R 3R 1R A A SF QF QF 3R A A 1R A 0 / 8 11–8
Canada NME A A A A QF 3R A A A A A A A 0 / 2 4–2
Cincinnati NME A A A A 3R 2R 1R QF A A A A A 0 / 4 4–4
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME 1R 2R A 3R QF QF 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 7 5–6
Paris NME SF 3R 2R 2R SF 3R 1R 3R A A A A A 0 / 8 10–8
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 7 1 / 7 0 / 6 1 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 8 0 / 5 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 0 2 / 63 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 8–7 15–6 7–6 10–4 14–7 16–7 4–7 15–8 4–5 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–0 N/A 94–60
Year End Ranking 333 26 28 11 16 4 4 13 82 8 132 378 85 108 290 N/A

References

  1. ^ Hewitt ready to rumble – Articles – News and Photos – Australian Open Tennis Championships 2013 – Official Site by IBM
  2. ^ Sergi Bruguera Biography
  3. ^ Quiz Sergi Bruguera
  4. ^ Head-to-head: Sampras versus Bruguera
  5. ^ Monfils triumphs in Montpelier for a second time, Yahoo!7 Sport, 10 February 2014

External links

Preceded by
Marcelo Ríos
ATP Champions Tour
Year-End No.1

2007
Succeeded by
Goran Ivanišević
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