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Carlos Moya

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Carlos Moy Llompart (born August 27, 1976), also known as Carles Moy, Carlos Moy or Carlos Moya, is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Spain. During his career, he has won the French Open, finished runner-up at the Australian Open, and helped Spain win the Davis Cup. He currently resides in Switzerland and is dating Flavia Pennetta.
Moy was born in Palma de Mallorca. He began playing tennis at the age of six. He turned professional in 1995 and won his first tour title later that year in Buenos Aires. In 1997, Moy reached his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where he lost in straight sets to Pete Sampras 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. In 1998, Moy won the French Open. He defeated fellow-Spaniard lex Corretja in the final in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. He also won his first Tennis Masters Series 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 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-5.
In March 1999, after finishing runner-up at Indian Wells, Moy 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, Moy 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, Moy 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. Moy's best result rest of 2000 was winning at Estoril. In 2001, Moy 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 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
2002 saw Moy 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 the then-number-1 Lleyton Hewitt in the final 7-5, 7-6. Moy 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 semi-finals, he won the deciding rubber against Gastn 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, Moy 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. 2004 also was Moy 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, Moya'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 Moya across the baseline and recieved an ovation for an overhead smash on a Moya lob Moy 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.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
1998 French Open Champion Álex Corretja 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
1997 Australian Open Runner-Up Pete Sampras 2-6, 3-6, 3-6

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