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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 finished runner-up twice at the French Open (in 1998 and 2001). He won the ATP Tour World Championships in 1998 and reached his 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. He became a temporary coach of British tennis player Andy Murray in April 2008 for the duration of the clay-court season and resumed the role in 2009.[1] On 29 March 2011, Corretja and Murray parted company by mutual agreement.

Àlex Corretja
Alex Corretja ATC2010.jpg
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1974-04-11) 11 April 1974 (age 45)
Barcelona, Spain
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1991
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$10,411,354
Singles
Career record438–281 (60.9%)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1 February 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1998)
French OpenF (1998, 2001)
Wimbledon2R (1994, 1996)
US OpenQF (1996)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1998)
Olympic Games3R (2000)
Doubles
Career record103–115 (47.2%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 50 (9 June 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1998)
Wimbledon3R (1996)
US Open3R (1996)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2000)

From 2012 until 2013, Corretja coached the Spanish Davis Cup team. He was replaced by Carlos Moyá.

Early careerEdit

Corretja was born in Barcelona, and first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player who won the Orange Bowl 16s 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.

1996Edit

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 6–7, 7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–7(7–9).

1997Edit

In 1997, Corretja captured three titles, including his first Tennis Masters Series title in Rome, where he defeated Marcelo Ríos 7–5, 7–5, 6–3. (He won a second Masters Series title in 2000 at Indian Wells.)

1998Edit

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 6–1, 5–7, 6–7, 7–5, 9–7. In the final, Corretja lost to fellow-Spaniard Carlos Moyà in straight sets 3–6, 5–7, 3–6.

Corretja finished 1998 by winning the most significant title of his career, the ATP Tour World Championships (now known as the World Tour Finals). In the semifinals, he saved three match points on the way to beating Sampras 4–6, 6–3, 7–6. In the final, Corretja faced Moyà in a five-set marathon and came back from two sets down to win in 4 hours and 1 minute 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5. Corretja's win made him the first man to ever win the Tour Championships without having ever won a Grand Slam tournament (David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev have since repeated the feat.)

In total, Corretja won a career-high five singles titles in 1998 and finished the year ranked world no. 3. This year Corretja won in Lyon, played on carpet, a "damned" surface for Spanish tennis in the 90's. This year also won in Dubai (hard court), defeating countryman Felix Mantilla. These results, joining with the good results on clay, made Corretja the most versatile Spanish player for several years. In February 1999, Corretja reached his career-high ranking of world no. 2.

Later careerEdit

2000Edit

In 2000, Corretja helped Spain win its first-ever Davis Cup title. 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 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, partnering Albert Costa.

2001Edit

In 2001, Corretja reached the men's singles final at the French Open for the second time. He lost in the final to defending-champion Gustavo Kuerten in four sets 7–6, 5–7, 2–6, 0–6. In July of that year, Corretja won a five-set marathon match in the final at Amsterdam against Younes El Aynaoui 6–3, 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–4. The 53-game match was the year's longest tour final.

2002Edit

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 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–5, 6–4. (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 6–1, 6–2, 4–6, 5–7, 8–6. 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.

2003Edit

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.

Life after tennisEdit

Corretja announced his retirement on 24 September 2005. He won a total of 17 top-level singles titles and 3 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 singles finalsEdit

Runners-up (2)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
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

Singles finalsEdit

Wins (17–13)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–2)
Tennis Masters Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (2–3)
ATP International Series Gold (5–0)
ATP International Series (9–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (10–10)
Carpet (2–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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 Botella 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, France 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, Hanover, Germany 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 retired
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, France 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

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; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 SR W–L
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
Year-End Championship
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
Year-End Ranking 86 76 22 48 23 12 3 27 8 16 19 100 114 525

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 3 8 1 5 4 3 1 1 0 31
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1994
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
1995
4.   Wayne Ferreira 8 French Open, Paris, France Clay 3R 6–4, 7–5, 6–2
5.   Thomas Muster 4 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 1R 7–5, 6–1
1997
6.   Carlos Moyá 8 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4
7.   Goran Ivanišević 6 Rome, Italy Clay SF 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
8.   Marcelo Ríos 9 Rome, Italy Clay F 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
1998
9.   Jonas Björkman 4 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard SF 6–3, 6–3
10.   Gustavo Kuerten 10 Davis Cup, Porto Alegre, Brazil 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, Germany Hard (i) RR 5–7, 6–3, 2–1, ret.
15.   Pete Sampras 1 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) SF 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
16.   Carlos Moyá 5 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) F 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5
1999
17.   Karol Kučera 8 Sydney, Australia Hard SF 7–5, 6–4
2000
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, Portugal Hard (i) RR 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2001
23.   Lleyton Hewitt 7 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 7–6(7–2), 6–4
24.   Lleyton Hewitt 6 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
25.   Magnus Norman 9 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–0, 6–4
26.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 French Open, Paris, France Clay SF 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4
2002
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
2003
30.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) QF 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
2004
31.   Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 1R 6–2, 6–3

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