Alberto Berasategui
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Alberto Berasategui

Alberto Berasategui
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBellaterra, Spain
Born (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 46)
Bilbao, Spain
Height1.72 m (5 ft  in)
Turned pro1991
RetiredMay 2001
PlaysRight-handed (one and two-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,676,187
Singles
Career record278-199
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 7 (14 November 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1998)
French OpenF (1994)
Wimbledon1R (2000)
US Open2R (1993, 1996)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1994)
Doubles
Career record47-59
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 55 (6 October 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1998, 2000)
French Open1R (1999)
US Open3R (1997)

Alberto Berasategui Salazar (born 28 June 1973) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. He won 14 singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7 in November 1994.

Tennis career

Berasategui won a total of 14 top-level singles titles and one tour doubles title. He won at least one singles title for six consecutive years (1993-1998). He began playing tennis at age seven and was the European junior champion in 1991. He turned professional later that year, and won his first top-level singles title in 1993, two years later.

In 1994, Berasategui reached nine finals, winning seven of them. He also reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where he defeated Wayne Ferreira, Cédric Pioline, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Javier Frana, Goran Ivani?evi? and Magnus Larsson to face fellow Spaniard and defending champion Sergi Bruguera who defeated him in four sets.

Berasategui retired from the professional tour in May 2001, having had persistent wrist injuries since his match with Hernán Gumy at the Bologna tournament in June 1998. The injuries had an adverse effect on his results and form, and had caused his consistency and ranking to decline. He also suffered severe cramps of unknown origin in long matches.

Playing style

Bererasategui was known for his extreme western grip, known as the "Hawaiian grip", where his unusual hold on the racket would allow him to hit both forehands and backhands with the same side of the racket.[1][2] This helped him on clay, but he did not have much of an impact on other surfaces except for a quarterfinals appearance at the 1998 Australian Open, after having beaten world No. 2, Patrick Rafter in four sets in the third round, and came back from two sets down to beat the 1995, 2000, and 2001 Australian Open champion, former and future world No. 1, Andre Agassi, in the fourth round. He lost in quarterfinals to Marcelo Ríos after winning a tight first-set tiebreak.[2]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1994 French Open Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 3-6, 5-7, 6-2, 1-6

Career finals

Singles: 23 (14 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-1)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Championship Series (1-1)
ATP Tour (13-7)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Aug 1993 Umag, Croatia Clay Austria Thomas Muster 5-7, 6-3, 3-6
Loss 2. Oct 1993 Athens, Greece Clay Spain Jordi Arrese 4-6, 6-3, 3-6
Win 1. Nov 1993 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Czech Republic Sláva Dosed?l 6-4, 6-3
Loss 3. Nov 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Spain Carlos Costa 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
Win 2. Apr 1994 Nice, France Clay United States Jim Courier 6-4, 6-2
Loss 4. May 1994 Bologna, Italy Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 6-7(3-7), 6-4, 3-6
Loss 5. Jun 1994 French Open, Paris Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 3-6, 5-7, 6-2, 1-6
Win 3. Jul 1994 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Italy Andrea Gaudenzi 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(7-5)
Win 4. Aug 1994 Umag, Croatia Clay Slovakia Karol Ku?era 6-2, 6-4
Win 5. Oct 1994 Palermo, Italy Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 2-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-4
Win 6. Oct 1994 Athens, Greece Clay Spain Óscar Martínez 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-3
Win 7. Oct 1994 Santiago, Chile Clay Spain Francisco Clavet 6-3, 6-4
Win 8. Nov 1994 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Spain Francisco Clavet 6-4, 6-0
Win 9. Jun 1995 Porto, Portugal Clay Spain Carlos Costa 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Loss 6. Nov 1995 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Czech Republic Bohdan Ulihrach 2-6, 3-6
Win 10. Jun 1996 Bologna, Italy Clay Spain Carlos Costa 6-3, 6-4
Win 11. Jul 1996 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
Win 12. Sep 1996 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Carlos Moyà 6-1, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 7. Sep 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay Spain Albert Costa 3-6, 2-6
Win 13. Oct 1997 Palermo, Italy Clay Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý 6-4, 6-2
Win 14. Apr 1998 Estoril, Portugal Clay Austria Thomas Muster 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
Loss 8. Apr 1998 Barcelona, Spain Clay United States Todd Martin 2-6, 6-1, 3-6, 2-6
Loss 9. Oct 1999 Palermo, Italy Clay France Arnaud Di Pasquale 1-6, 3-6

Performance timelines

Singles

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 3R QF 1R 1R A 0 / 4 6-4
French Open A 1R 2R F 3R 3R 1R 4R 4R 1R A 0 / 9 17-9
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0-1
US Open A A 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 5 2-5
Win-Loss 0-0 0-1 2-2 6-2 2-1 3-2 2-3 7-3 3-2 0-3 0-0 0 / 19 25-19
Year-end championships
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0-3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R 3R 1R QF 1R 1R A A 0 / 6 4-6
Miami A A A 3R 3R A 2R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 2-6
Monte Carlo A A A 3R 3R 1R 2R SF 1R 1R A 0 / 7 8-7
Rome A A A 2R 1R 2R SF SF 2R A A 0 / 6 11-6
Hamburg A 2R A 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 3R A A 0 / 7 8-7
Canada A A A A A 2R A A A A A 0 / 1 1-1
Cincinnati A A A A 3R A A 1R A A A 0 / 2 2-2
Stuttgart (Stockholm) A A A A 1R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 3 1-3
Paris A A A A A 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 2-2
Win-Loss 0-0 1-1 0-0 4-5 5-7 6-7 11-7 9-6 3-5 0-2 0-0 0 / 40 39-40
Year-end ranking 298 115 36 8 32 19 23 21 60 153 737

References

  1. ^ Roetert, P. & J.L. Groppel: World-Class Tennis Technique, p. 156. Human Kinetics, 2001.
  2. ^ a b "In praise of weirdness: Where have you gone, Alberto Berasategui?". OregonLive.com. 21 April 2010.

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