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Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero
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Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat (born February 12, 1980) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Spain. He captured the men's singles title at the French Open in 2003, and in October that year he became the 21st player to hold the World No. 1 ranking. He has also been a runner-up at two other Grand Slams during his career. His nickname is "Mosquito" due to his speed and wiry, strong physique.
Born in Onteniente, Ferrero came to prominence in 1998 making final of the Roland Garros juniors losing to Fernando Gonzalez finishing the year ranked the number 17 junior.
He made his professional debut in 1999, making an immediate splash by reaching the semi-finals of his first tour event in Casablanca. He made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open in August and then in the following month, in only his fifth professional event, he won his first career title in Mallorca.
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, where he stormed to the semi-finals, losing only to eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten in five sets.
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 and the finals of the Open Seat Godo in Barcelona in April, as well as the finals of Vienna later in the year. He ended 2005 ranked #17.
During the 2006 Western and 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 followed this up with a straight set, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) win over World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and then a 6-3, 6-4 win against World No. 7 Tommy Robredo, 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, who he also lost to in the 2003 U.S. Open.
Despite being a former world number one, Ferrero has a poor record at Wimbledon.
Ferrero's inspiration is his mother who died from cancer when he was 17.
Grand Slam singles finals
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