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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 ATP singles ranking of world No. 7 in November 1994.

Alberto Berasategui
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBellaterra, Spain
Born (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 46)
Bilbao, Spain
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 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)

Tennis careerEdit

Berasategui won a total of 14 top-level singles titles and 1 tour doubles titles. He won at least 1 singles title for 6 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, 2 years later. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7.

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 Ivanišević and Magnus Larsson to face fellow Spaniard and defending champion Sergi Bruguera. He was defeated in four sets, 3–6, 5–7, 6–2, 1–6.

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 styleEdit

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] 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 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 4–6, 0–6.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 23 (14 wins, 9 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
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   Thomas Muster 5–7, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 2. Oct 1993 Athens, Greece Clay   Jordi Arrese 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 1. Nov 1993 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Sláva Doseděl 6–4, 6–3
Loss 3. Nov 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Carlos Costa 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Win 2. Apr 1994 Nice, France Clay   Jim Courier 6–4, 6–2
Loss 4. May 1994 Bologna, Italy Clay   Javier Sánchez 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6
Loss 5. Jun 1994 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Sergi Bruguera 3–6, 5–7, 6–2, 1–6
Win 3. Jul 1994 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Andrea Gaudenzi 7–5, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 4. Aug 1994 Umag, Croatia Clay   Karol Kučera 6–2, 6–4
Win 5. Oct 1994 Palermo, Italy Clay   Àlex Corretja 2–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 6. Oct 1994 Athens, Greece Clay   Óscar Martínez 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 7. Oct 1994 Santiago, Chile Clay   Francisco Clavet 6–3, 6–4
Win 8. Nov 1994 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Francisco Clavet 6–4, 6–0
Win 9. Jun 1995 Porto, Portugal Clay   Carlos Costa 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 6. Nov 1995 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Bohdan Ulihrach 2–6, 3–6
Win 10. Jun 1996 Bologna, Italy Clay   Carlos Costa 6–3, 6–4
Win 11. Jul 1996 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Àlex Corretja 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Win 12. Sep 1996 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Carlos Moyà 6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 7. Sep 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay   Albert Costa 3–6, 2–6
Win 13. Oct 1997 Palermo, Italy Clay   Dominik Hrbatý 6–4, 6–2
Win 14. Apr 1998 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Thomas Muster 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 8. Apr 1998 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Todd Martin 2–6, 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 9. Oct 1999 Palermo, Italy Clay   Arnaud di Pasquale 1–6, 3–6

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

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 Slams
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 Championship
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 $4,676,187

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roetert, P. & J.L. Groppel: World-Class Tennis Technique, p. 156. Human Kinetics, 2001.

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