Guillermo Cañas

Guillermo Ignacio Cañas ([ɡiˈʃeɾmo ˈkaɲas]; born November 25, 1977), often referred to as Willy Cañas,[citation needed] is a retired tennis player from Argentina. He was born in Buenos Aires and named after Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas.[citation needed] Cañas won the Canada Masters in 2002, and reached the quarterfinal stage of the French Open in 2002, 2005 and 2007. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 8, achieved in June 2005. After being suspended in August 2005, Cañas returned to the circuit in September 2006 at ATP Challenger level.

Guillermo Cañas
Guillermo Canas Umag 2007.JPG
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1977-11-25) November 25, 1977 (age 43)
Buenos Aires
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,285,575
Singles
Career record252–195 (56.4%)
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 8 (June 6, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2004, 2005)
French OpenQF (2002, 2005, 2007)
Wimbledon4R (2001)
US Open3R (2004)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsAlt (2004)
Olympic Games2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record61–82 (42.7%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 47 (July 15, 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2002)
Wimbledon1R (2008)
US Open2R (2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2008)

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Cañas started playing at age 7. He turned professional in 1995, and began playing on the juniors circuit, enjoying some successes; these included a runner-up appearance at Surbiton, United Kingdom, and a win in the doubles event at the Italian Junior Championships, partnering Martín García.[1]

From 1995–1999, Cañas played mainly Challenger Series tournaments, that is, the level of competition directly below that of the ATP Tour. In April 1998, he broke into the top 100 for the first time, having won three Challenger tournaments in the previous 52 weeks.[2] This allowed him to qualify for more ATP level tournaments, and he reached his first final in 1999 at Orlando, Florida. He also began to regularly qualify for Grand Slam tournaments, the most prestigious events in tennis.[3]

In 2001, after a right wrist injury the previous year, he climbed from 227th place in the ATP rankings to the 15th, and was named ATP Comeback Player of Year.[4] Cañas had won the first ATP level title of his career that season, in Casablanca, and reached the final of three other tournaments. In addition to this, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, achieving this result on two occasions, at the French Open and Wimbledon.[5]

In the 2002 ATP Masters Series of Canada, an unseeded Cañas won his first ATP Masters Series title in Toronto, defeating Andy Roddick 6–4, 7–5 in the final. Cañas's path to the final saw him defeat a renowned set of players, including world number two Marat Safin, and top-ten ranked Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer. Cañas was also the first Argentine to win the Canada Open since Guillermo Vilas in 1976 and the first to win a Masters Series shield (the Series was created in 1990).[6][7] Cañas won one other tournament in 2002, the Chennai Open, and reached in the finals in Casablanca and Stuttgart. He also emerged as a more potent force at the Grand Slams as he reached his first quarterfinal at the French.[3]

DopingEdit

On August 8, 2005, Cañas was suspended for two years and was forced to forfeit $276,070 in prizes by the ATP after testing positive for a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide, a substance with no benefits in itself other than as a treatment for hypertension, but used to cover other forbidden substances.[4] No traces of any other forbidden substance were found in Cañas's sample, and the player asserts the diuretic was present in some medicine prescribed by ATP doctors Mercader and Chinchilla for a cold he contracted during the Acapulco tournament in Mexico.[8] At the time of his ban, Cañas had been at the highest ranking of his career, world number eight.[7]

Cañas vowed to fight the ban, claiming he was innocent of the charges against him. Cañas took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His perseverance paid off on May 23, 2006, when he was acquitted of deliberate performance enhancement through illegal substances because the substances were in a prescription medicine. He was, however, considered careless in not checking the medicine before ingesting it. He was allowed to return to full professional activity from September 11, 2006, and the money prizes acquired before the suspension was restored. His points, which determine a player's ranking, were nil upon his return, having expired.[4][9]

ReturnEdit

Upon his return to the tour, Cañas won five Challenger titles and one ATP title (2007 Brasil Open).[3] In the six months after his return, he had won 42 of 47 matches, going from being unranked to rank 60.[4] He won his first ATP-level match since his September return on February 15, 2007, beating Marcos Daniel 6–1, 6–4.[3]

On March 11, 2007, Cañas defeated ATP ranked number one Roger Federer 7–5, 6–2 at the Indian Wells Masters, ending Federer's streak of 41 consecutive victories, 5 short of Guillermo Vilas's record on ATP Tour matches.[10] He defeated Federer again (7–6, 2–6, 7–6) 16 days later at the Miami Masters to back-up his victory at Indian Wells. This double victory made him the only player (besides Rafael Nadal) to have defeated Federer in consecutive tournaments since 2003. Cañas told the New York Times that "I came back very motivated, I came back with a lot of energy."[7]

Cañas became the first qualifier to reach the semifinals of the Miami Masters. He made the final by beating Ivan Ljubičić, the seventh seed, 7–5, 6–2. In the final, the Argentine lost to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets. To get to the final, Cañas defeated Tim Henman, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer, Tommy Robredo, and Ivan Ljubičić, respectively, before losing to Novak Djoković. Cañas jumped 121 positions to reach the 22nd place in the ATP ranking as of April 30, 2007, the highest jump so far in the year.[11]

 
Guillermo Cañas coaching at the US Open after retiring as player

Cañas reached the final of one more tournament in 2007, the Torneo Godó in Barcelona, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. Cañas commented afterwards that he believed he would be a strong contender at the French Open.[12] However, his bid was thwarted for a third time at the quarter-final stage when he lost to Nikolay Davydenko.[13] Having set himself a goal of finishing in the top 20, Cañas finished the year in 15th, equalling his finishes from 2001 and 2002.[2][12] He announced his retirement from professional tennis in March 2010. Cañas held a record of five victories and two defeats (3–1 in singles) in Davis Cup matches across his career.

Post-retirementEdit

Cañas was the coach of Ernests Gulbis from July 2011 until May 2012 and became the coach of Teymuraz Gabashvili in 2015. Since January 2017, he is coaching former #1 Jelena Jankovic. He now runs his own tennis academy in Aventura, Florida along with former tour pros Martín García, and Gustavo Oribe.

Playing styleEdit

Cañas played a defensive counter-punching game from the baseline, using his retrieving skills in order to frustrate opponents. He used a double-handed backhand.

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–4)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–4)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Apr 1999 Orlando, USA Clay   Magnus Norman 0–6, 3–6
Win 1. Apr 2001 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Tommy Robredo 7–5, 6–2
Loss 2. Jun 2001 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Jul 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 4. Oct 2001 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Tommy Haas 2–6, 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Win 2. Dec 2001 Chennai, India Hard   Paradorn Srichaphan 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 5. Apr 2002 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Younes El Aynaoui 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 6. Jul 2002 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Mikhail Youzhny 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Win 3. Jul 2002 Toronto, Canada Hard   Andy Roddick 6–4, 7–5
Win 4. Jul 2004 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Gastón Gaudio 5–7, 6–2, 6–0, 1–6, 6–3
Win 5. Jul 2004 Umag, Croatia Clay   Filippo Volandri 7–5, 6–3
Win 6. Sep 2004 Shanghai, China Hard   Lars Burgsmüller 6–1, 6–0
Loss 7. Oct 2004 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Feliciano López 4–6, 6–1, 5–7, 6–3, 5–7
Win 7. Feb 2007 Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay   Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Loss 8. Apr 2007 Miami, USA Hard   Novak Djokovic 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 9. Apr 2007 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Rafael Nadal 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Aug 1999 Boston, USA Hard   Martín García   Marius Barnard
  T.J. Middleton
5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 2. Jul 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Rainer Schüttler   Michael Hill
  Jeff Tarango
4–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–4

Career ATP Challenger finalsEdit

Singles: 15 (11–4)Edit

Wins (11)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. December 2, 1996 Santiago, Chile Clay   Franco Squillari 7–6, 6–1
2. August 25, 1997 Santa Cruz, Bolivia Clay   Marcio Carlsson 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
3. September 29, 1997 Santiago, Chile Clay   Dennis van Scheppingen 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
4. April 20, 1998 Espinho, Portugal Clay   Mariano Puerta 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
5. September 14, 1998 Florianópolis, Brazil Clay   Marcio Carlsson 6–2, 7–5
6. December 29, 2003 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard   Todd Reid 6–4, 6–3
7. September 11, 2006 Belém, Brazil Clay   Carlos Berlocq 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(10–8)
8. October 23, 2006 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Nicolás Lapentti 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
9. November 6, 2006 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Martín Vassallo 6–3, 6–4
10. November 13, 2006 Asunción, Paraguay Clay   Flávio Saretta 6–4, 6–1
11. January 1, 2007 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Diego Hartfield 6–3, 6–4
Runner-ups (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. March 9, 1998 Salinas, Ecuador Hard   André Sá 7–5, 5–7, 6–4
2. March 29, 1999 Barletta, Italy Clay   Jacobo Díaz 6–7(6–8), 6–0, 6–3
3. April 12, 1999 Bermuda, Bermuda Clay   Hernán Gumy 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
4. October 2, 2006 Quito, Ecuador Clay   Chris Guccione 6–3, 7–6(7–4)

DoublesEdit

Wins (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. November 16, 1998 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Martín García   Alberto Martín
  Salvador Navarro
6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–4
2. March 29, 1999 Barletta, Italy Clay   Javier Sánchez   Gastón Gaudio
  Hernán Gumy
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
3. November 15, 1999 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Martín García   Paul Rosner
  Dušan Vemić
6–4, 6–4
4. December 4, 2000 San José, Costa Rica Hard   Adrián García   Devin Bowen
  Brandon Coupe
7–6(7–5), 6–1
5. November 10, 2008 Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Hard (i)   Dmitry Tursunov   Łukasz Kubot
  Oliver Marach
6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Performance timelineEdit

SinglesEdit

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2008 Wimbledon.

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career Win–Loss
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 4R 4R A A A 2R 0 / 8 11–8
French Open A A A LQ LQ 2R 1R 4R QF A 1R QF A QF 1R LQ 0 / 8 16–8
Wimbledon A A A LQ 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R A 1R A A 3R 1R 2R 0 / 9 9–9
US Open A A LQ A 2R 2R A 2R A A 3R A A 2R 1R A 0 / 6 6–6
Grand Slam W–L1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–4 0–3 8–4 7–3 1–1 5–4 7–2 0–0 7–3 0–3 2–2 0/31 42–31
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A 1R A 2R SF A 3R 4R 1R 0 / 6 9–6
Miami Masters A A LQ LQ 2R A 2R A 3R A 4R 2R A F 4R 1R 0 / 8 8–8
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 3 2–3
Rome Masters A A A LQ A A A A 1R A 2R 3R A 2R 2R A 0 / 5 4–5
Madrid Masters A A A A A LQ A 3R 2R A 2R A A 3R LQ 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Canada Masters A A A A 2R A A A W A A A A 1R 1R A 1 / 4 7–3
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A 3R 1R A A A A 1R A A 0 / 3 2–3
Shanghai Masters Not Held Not ATP Masters Series Not Held Not ATP Masters Series A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A LQ A 2R 3R A SF A A 3R 1R A 0 / 5 5–5
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A A A 3R A 1R 2R A 1R 1R NM1 0 / 5 3–5
Total titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 N/A 7
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–4 6–14 15–24 5–12 44–21 45–23 5–4 40–22 23–11 0–0 39–21 21–22 N/A 244–181
Year-end ranking 557 365 183 129 95 71 231 15 15 272 12 102 142 15 79 191 N/A N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament.

LQ = lost in qualifying draw

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 0 2 1 0 5 0 0 20
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Cañas
Rank
1999
1.   Tim Henman 5 US Open, New York, United States Hard 1R 7–6(7–1), 6–4, 6–3 68
2001
2.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7 Wimbledon, London Grass 3R 3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 7–6(7–2) 49
3.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Stuttgart, Germany Clay QF 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 39
4.   Marat Safin 3 Cincinnati, United States Hard 1R 6–3, 6–3 33
5.   Tim Henman 8 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 2R 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5) 21
2002
6.   Thomas Johansson 9 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 6–2, 4–6, 6–0 17
7.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay F 6–4, 6–2 17
8.   Lleyton Hewitt 1 French Open, Paris Clay 4R 6–7(1–7), 7–6(15–13), 6–4, 6–3 17
9.   Roger Federer 10 Toronto, Canada Hard 1R 7–6(12–10), 7–5 19
10.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Toronto, Canada Hard 3R 6–2, 6–2 19
11.   Marat Safin 2 Toronto, Canada Hard QF 7–5, 6–3 19
12.   Tommy Haas 3 Toronto, Canada Hard SF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–5) 19
2004
13.   Andy Roddick 2 Rome, Italy Clay 1R 7–6(9–7), 6–1 80
14.   David Nalbandian 10 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) QF 6–4, 2–6, 6–3 26
2005
15.   Tim Henman 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–1), 7–5 14
2007
16.   David Nalbandian 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay RR 6–4, 6–4 63
17.   Roger Federer 1 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 7–5, 6–2 60
18.   Roger Federer 1 Miami, United States Hard 4R 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 7–6(7–5) 55
19.   Tommy Robredo 6 Miami, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 6–1 55
20.   Ivan Ljubičić 7 Miami, United States Hard SF 7–5, 6–2 55

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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