Àlex Corretja i Verdegay (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaləks kuˈrɛdʒə j βəɾðəˈɣaj]; born 11 April 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. During his career, he was twice a Grand Slam runner-up at the French Open (in 1998 and 2001) and won the ATP Tour World Championships in 1998, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 in 1999. He also played a key role in helping Spain win its first-ever Davis Cup title in 2000.
|Born||11 April 1974|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||438–281 (60.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (1 February 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1998)|
|French Open||F (1998, 2001)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1994, 1996)|
|US Open||QF (1996)|
|Tour Finals||W (1998)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2000)|
|Career record||103–115 (47.2%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 50 (9 June 1997)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1998)|
|US Open||3R (1996)|
|Davis Cup||W (2000)|
Post-retirement, Corretja became a temporary coach of Andy Murray in April 2008 for the duration of the clay-court season, resuming the role on a permanent basis between 2009-2011. In 2012-2013, Corretja coached the Spanish Davis Cup team.
Corretja was born in Barcelona, and first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player who won the Orange Bowl under-16 title in 1990. He turned professional in 1991 and won his first top-level singles title in 1994 at Buenos Aires. His first doubles title came in 1995 at Palermo.
In 1996, Corretja faced Pete Sampras in an epic five-set quarterfinal match at the US Open. Pete Sampras threw up in the fifth set tiebreak, where Corretja held a match point later on, but he eventually lost to Sampras on a double fault in 4 hours and 9 minutes.
1998 saw Corretja reach his first Grand Slam final at the French Open. In the third round, he defeated Argentina's Hernán Gumy in (at the time) the longest match in the tournament's history. Corretja won the 5-hour 31-minute marathon. In the final, Corretja lost to fellow-Spaniard Carlos Moyà in straight sets.
Corretja finished 1998 by winning the most significant title of his career, the ATP Tour World Championships. In the group stage, he beat world no. 5 Andre Agassi, and in the semifinals, Corretja saved three match points on the way to beating world no. 1 Sampras. In the final, Corretja faced world no. 4 Moyà in a five-set marathon and came back from two sets down to win in 4 hours and 1 minute. Corretja's win made him the first man to ever win the Tour Championships (in its 29-year history) without having ever won a Grand Slam tournament (David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have since repeated the feat.)
In total, Corretja won a career-high five singles titles during the 1998 season, on three different surfaces (Clay, Hard and Carpet). He finished the year ranked world No. 3.
Corretja reached three tournament finals, the quarterfinals of the French Open and reached his career high ranking of 2 in February.
In 2000, Corretja won the Indian Wells Masters title, beating Thomas Enqvist in straight sets in the final. He also beat world no. 1 Agassi in the final of the Washington Open for the loss of just five games.
In the Davis Cup, Corretja helped Spain to their first ever title win. He went 3–0 in singles rubbers during the earlier rounds, and then teamed up with Joan Manuel Balcells to win the doubles match in the final as Spain beat Australia 3–1. Corretja also won a men's doubles bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, partnering Albert Costa.
In 2001, Corretja reached the men's singles final at the French Open for the second time, losing in the final to defending champion Gustavo Kuerten in four sets. In July of that year, Corretja won a five-set marathon match in the final of the Dutch Open against Younes El Aynaoui. The 53-game match was the year's longest tour final.
Corretja's biggest win of 2002 came in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, where he rallied from two sets down to beat Sampras on grass. (Spain eventually lost the tie 3–1.) At the French Open, Corretja saved four match points in the third round against Arnaud Clément, before going on to win. Corretja then progressed to the semifinals, where he lost in four sets to Albert Costa (who went on to win the title). One week later, Corretja was the best man at Costa's wedding.
In 2003, Corretja was again part of a Spanish team which reached the Davis Cup final. He won two doubles and one singles rubber in the earlier rounds. However, in the final, Corretja and Feliciano López lost the doubles rubber, as Spain were beaten 3–1 by Australia.
Corretja announced his retirement on 24 September 2005. He won a total of 17 top-level singles titles and three doubles titles during his career.
Corretja coached Britain's Andy Murray from 2008 to 2011.
As of 2015, he works for Eurosport as a field interviewer at the Grand Slam tournaments.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Runner-up||1998||French Open||Clay||Carlos Moyá||3–6, 5–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2001||French Open||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||7–6(7–3), 5–7, 2–6, 0–6|
|Loss||1.||2 November 1992||Guarujá, Brazil||Hard||Carsten Arriens||6–7, 3–6|
|Loss||2.||3 October 1994||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Alberto Berasategui||6–2, 6–7(6–8), 4–6|
|Win||1.||14 November 1994||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Javier Frana||6–3, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)|
|Loss||3.||13 May 1996||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Roberto Carretero||6–2, 4–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4.||29 July 1996||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Alberto Berasategui||2–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||5.||7 October 1996||Marbella, Spain||Clay||Marc-Kevin Goellner||6–7(4–7), 6–7(2–7)|
|Win||2.||14 April 1997||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Francisco Clavet||6–3, 7–5|
|Loss||6.||28 April 1997||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Marcelo Ríos||4–6, 4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||7.||5 May 1997||Munich, Germany||Clay||Mark Philippoussis||6–7, 6–1, 4–6|
|Win||3.||19 May 1997||Rome, Italy||Clay||Marcelo Ríos||7–5, 7–5, 6–3|
|Win||4.||21 July 1997||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Karol Kučera||6–2, 7–5|
|Win||5.||16 February 1998||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Félix Mantilla||7–6(7–0), 6–0|
|Loss||8.||11 May 1998||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Albert Costa||2–6, 0–6, 0–1 ret.|
|Loss||9.||8 June 1998||French Open, Paris||Clay||Carlos Moyà||3–6, 5–7, 3–6|
|Win||6.||13 July 1998||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Boris Becker||7–6(7–5), 7–5, 6–3|
|Win||7.||24 August 1998||Indianapolis, U.S.||Hard||Andre Agassi||2–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Win||8.||26 October 1998||Lyon, France||Carpet (i)||Tommy Haas||2–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1|
|Win||9.||30 November 1998||Tennis Masters Cup, Hannover||Carpet (i)||Carlos Moyà||3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5|
|Loss||10.||18 January 1999||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Todd Martin||3–6, 6–7|
|Loss||11.||30 August 1999||Long Island, U.S.||Hard||Magnus Norman||6–7(4–7), 6–4, 3–6|
|Loss||12.||20 September 1999||Mallorca, Spain||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero||6–2, 5–7, 3–6|
|Win||10.||20 March 2000||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||Thomas Enqvist||6–4, 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||11.||17 July 2000||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Mariano Puerta||6–1, 6–3|
|Win||12.||30 July 2000||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Emilio Benfele Álvarez||6–3, 6–1, 3–0 ret.|
|Win||13.||21 August 2000||Washington, U.S.||Hard||Andre Agassi||6–2, 6–3|
|Win||14.||23 October 2000||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Carlos Moyà||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||13.||11 June 2001||French Open, Paris||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||7–6(7–3), 5–7, 2–6, 0–6|
|Win||15.||23 July 2001||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Clay||Younes El Aynaoui||6–3, 5–7, 7–6(7–0), 3–6, 6–4|
|Win||16.||15 July 2002||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Gastón Gaudio||6–3, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3)|
|Win||17.||29 July 2002||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero||6–4, 6–1, 6–3|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||4R||2R||2R||A||1R||1R||2R||A||0 / 8||8–8|
|French Open||1R||1R||3R||4R||2R||4R||F||QF||QF||F||SF||1R||3R||A||0 / 13||36–13|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||A||2R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|US Open||1R||1R||1R||2R||QF||3R||4R||1R||3R||3R||3R||1R||1R||A||0 / 13||16–13|
|Win–Loss||0–2||0–2||3–3||4–2||7–4||6–2||11–4||5–3||7–3||8–2||7–3||0–3||3–4||0–0||0 / 38||61–38|
|Tennis Masters Cup||Did Not Qualify||W||DNQ||RR||Did Not Qualify||1 / 2||5–3|
|Grand Slam Cup||Was Not Invited||1R||WNI||Not Held||0 / 1||0–1|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||W||3R||2R||2R||3R||A||1 / 10||14–8|
|Miami Masters||A||A||A||1R||2R||3R||SF||4R||2R||4R||4R||2R||A||A||0 / 9||13–9|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||QF||3R||3R||1R||F||QF||A||QF||1R||3R||1R||2R||A||0 / 11||20–11|
|Rome Masters||2R||2R||2R||3R||1R||W||2R||SF||SF||QF||1R||2R||1R||A||1 / 13||24–12|
|Hamburg Masters||2R||A||3R||1R||F||3R||F||A||3R||2R||2R||1R||1R||A||0 / 11||18–11|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||1R||1R||3R||2R||2R||1R||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 7||2–7|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||2R||3R||2R||2R||A||0 / 9||5–9|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||1R||2R||QF||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 6||3–6|
|Win–Loss||2–2||4–2||5–3||4–6||8–8||18–7||12–8||7–6||17–7||8–7||8–6||3–7||4–5||0–0||2 / 77||100–74|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Jim Courier||5||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||2R||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|2.||Jim Courier||10||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||2R||1–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|3.||Stefan Edberg||4||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||QF||1–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|4.||Wayne Ferreira||8||French Open, Paris||Clay||3R||6–4, 7–5, 6–2|
|5.||Thomas Muster||4||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||1R||7–5, 6–1|
|6.||Carlos Moyá||8||Italian Open||Clay||3R||6–4, 6–4|
|7.||Goran Ivanišević||6||Italian Open||Clay||SF||7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)|
|8.||Marcelo Ríos||9||Italian Open||Clay||F||7–5, 7–5, 6–3|
|9.||Jonas Björkman||4||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||SF||6–3, 6–3|
|10.||Gustavo Kuerten||10||Davis Cup, Porto Alegre||Clay||RR||6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–4|
|11.||Gustavo Kuerten||8||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||QF||4–6, 7–6(10–8), 6–4|
|12.||Greg Rusedski||7||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||QF||6–4, 6–3|
|13.||Andre Agassi||8||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||F||2–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|14.||Andre Agassi||4||ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover||Hard (i)||RR||5–7, 6–3, 2–1 ret.|
|15.||Pete Sampras||1||ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover||Hard (i)||SF||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)|
|16.||Carlos Moyá||5||ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover||Hard (i)||F||3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5|
|17.||Karol Kučera||8||Sydney, Australia||Hard||SF||7–5, 6–4|
|18.||Magnus Norman||5||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||QF||4–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|19.||Nicolás Lapentti||8||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||SF||6–3, 6–4|
|20.||Thomas Enqvist||10||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||F||6–4, 6–4, 6–3|
|21.||Andre Agassi||1||Washington D.C., United States||Hard||F||6–2, 6–3|
|22.||Lleyton Hewitt||6||Tennis Masters Cup, Lisbon||Hard (i)||RR||3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3|
|23.||Lleyton Hewitt||7||Italian Open||Clay||3R||7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|24.||Lleyton Hewitt||6||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf||Clay||RR||3–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|25.||Magnus Norman||9||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf||Clay||RR||6–0, 6–4|
|26.||Sébastien Grosjean||10||French Open, Paris||Clay||SF||7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4|
|27.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||4||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||1R||6–1, 6–2|
|28.||Albert Costa||6||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||QF||6–1, 6–2|
|29.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||8||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||F||6–4, 6–1, 6–3|
|30.||Sébastien Grosjean||10||St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||QF||4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)|
|31.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||3||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||1R||6–2, 6–3|
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