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Javier Sánchez Vicario (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ ˈsantʃeθ]; born 1 February 1968) is a former professional tennis player from Spain.

Javier Sánchez
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceAndorra la Vella, Andorra
Born (1968-02-01) 1 February 1968 (age 51)
Pamplona, Spain
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$4,427,811
Singles
Career record327–335
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 23 (6 June 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1990)
French Open4R (1990)
Wimbledon2R (1991, 1992, 1997)
US OpenQF (1991, 1996)
Doubles
Career record379–311
Career titles26
Highest rankingNo. 9 (30 April 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1993, 1998)
French OpenQF (1989)
Wimbledon1R (1988, 1991, 1996, 1999)
US OpenQF (1993, 1996, 1998)

Sánchez won the US Open junior title in 1986, and then turned professional. He won his first professional doubles titles in 1987. His first top-level singles title came in 1988 at Buenos Aires. During his career he won a total of four top-level singles titles and 26 doubles titles. He reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 1991 and 1996, and the semifinals of the 1994 Hamburg Masters. His career-high rankings were world No. 23 in singles (in 1994) and No. 9 in doubles (in 1992). His playing style was somewhat of a throwback in that he had a solid all-round game but did not have a weapon of a shot that won him easy points. In addition, he had a one-handed backhand that he usually hit with a slice rather than up-and-through.

Sánchez is a member of one of the world's most successful tennis families. His younger sister Arantxa Sánchez Vicario became the youngest-ever winner of the women's singles title at the French Open at age 17 in 1989, and went on to win several more Grand Slam titles. His older brother Emilio Sánchez was also a very successful player who won several Grand Slam doubles titles. In Javier's first career singles final in 1987 in Madrid, he faced Emilio. It was the first time that two brothers had met each other in the final of a top-level tour tournament. Emilio won the match 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. (Emilio and Javier faced each other a total of 12 times during their careers. Javier won two of their matches, and Emilio won ten.)

Career titlesEdit

Doubles (26)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP Championship Series (3)
ATP Tour (21)
Titles by surface
Hard (6)
Clay (20)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 3 August 1987 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
6–7, 3–6
Win 1. 21 September 1987 Madrid, Spain Clay   Carlos di Laura   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 2. 26 October 1987 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i)   Emilio Sánchez   Mel Purcell
  Tim Wilkison
3–6, 5–7
Win 2. 16 November 1987 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Gilad Bloom   Tomás Carbonell
  Sergio Casal
6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Win 3. 13 June 1988 Bologna, Italy Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Rolf Hertzog
  Marc Walder
6–1, 7–6
Loss 3. 7 November 1988 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Ricardo Acuña   Jay Berger
  Horacio de la Peña
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Win 4. 14 November 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Carlos Costa   Eduardo Bengoechea
  José Luis Clerc
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Win 5. 8 May 1989 Munich, Germany Clay   Balázs Taróczy   Peter Doohan
  Laurie Warder
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
Win 6. 15 May 1989 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Boris Becker
  Eric Jelen
6–4, 6–1
Win 7. 19 June 1989 Bologna, Italy Clay   Sergio Casal   Tomas Nydahl
  Jorgen Windahl
6–2, 6–3
Loss 4. 26 June 1989 Bari, Italy Clay   Sergio Casal   Simone Colombo
  Claudio Mezzadri
6–0, 3–6, 3–6
Win 8. 7 August 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Petr Korda
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–5, 7–6
Win 9. 16 April 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Andrés Gómez   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 7–5
Loss 5. 30 April 1990 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Andrés Gómez   Tomáš Šmíd
  Petr Korda
4–6, 6–7
Loss 6. 7 May 1990 Madrid, Spain Clay   Andrés Gómez   Juan Carlos Baguena
  Omar Camporese
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 7. 16 July 1990 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Omar Camporese   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Win 10. 6 August 1990 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Eric Winogradsky   Francisco Clavet
  Horst Skoff
7–6, 6–2
Win 11. 8 October 1990 Athens, Greece Clay   Sergio Casal   Tom Kempers
  Richard Krajicek
6–4, 6–3
Win 12. 11 March 1991 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Jim Courier   Guy Forget
  Henri Leconte
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Win 13. 20 May 1991 Umag, Croatia Clay   Gilad Bloom   Richey Reneberg
  David Wheaton
7–6, 2–6, 6–1
Win 14. 26 August 1991 Schenectady, U.S. Hard   Todd Woodbridge   Andrés Gómez
  Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 8. 30 September 1991 Palermo, Italy Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Jacco Eltingh
  Tom Kempers
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Win 15. 13 April 1992 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Andrés Gómez   Ivan Lendl
  Karel Nováček
6–4, 6–4
Loss 9. 25 May 1992 Bologna, Italy Clay   Javier Frana   Luke Jensen
  Laurie Warder
2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 26 October 1992 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Marc Rosset   Glenn Layendecker
  Byron Talbot
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 11. 15 November 1993 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i)   Wayne Ferreira   Grant Connell
  Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 6–7
Loss 12. 11 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Jim Courier   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  David Rikl
7–5, 1–6, 4–6
Win 16. 18 April 1994 Nice, France Clay   Mark Woodforde   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Piet Norval
7–5, 6–3
Loss 13. 16 May 1994 Rome, Italy Clay   Wayne Ferreira   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  David Rikl
1–6, 5–7
Win 17. 10 October 1994 Athens, Greece Clay   Luis Lobo   Cristian Brandi
  Federico Mordegan
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 14. 16 January 1995 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Luis Lobo   Grant Connell
  Patrick Galbraith
4–6, 3–6
Loss 15. 6 March 1995 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Luis Lobo   Trevor Kronemann
  David Macpherson
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 16. 1 May 1995 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Luis Lobo   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 4–6
Win 18. 17 July 1995 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Luis Lobo   Arnaud Boetsch
  Marc Rosset
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
Win 19. 28 August 1995 Umag, Croatia Clay   Luis Lobo   David Ekerot
  László Markovits
6–4, 6–0
Loss 17. 26 October 1995 Munich, Germany Clay   Luis Lobo   Trevor Kronemann
  David Macpherson
3–6, 4–6
Win 20. 22 April 1996 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Luis Lobo   Neil Broad
  Piet Norval
6–1, 6–3
Loss 18. 6 May 1996 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Luis Lobo   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vace
3–6, 7–6, 3–6
Win 21. 13 January 1997 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Luis Lobo   Paul Haarhuis
  Jan Siemerink
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Win 22. 10 March 1997 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Luis Lobo   Jonas Björkman
  Rick Leach
6–3, 6–3
Win 23. 12 May 1997 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Luis Lobo   Neil Broad
  Piet Norval
6–3, 7–6
Win 24. 6 October 1997 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Luis Lobo   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Daniel Orsanic
7–5, 7–5
Win 25. 31 August 1998 Long Island, U.S. Hard   Julián Alonso   Brandon Coupe
  Dave Randall
6–4, 6–4
Win 26. 2 August 1999 Umag, Croatia Clay   Mariano Puerta   Massimo Bertolini
  Cristian Brandi
3–6, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A NH A A A 2R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R 2R 3R QF 1R A 0 / 10 11–10
French Open A A 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R A 0 / 13 12–13
Wimbledon A A A 1R A A 1R A A A A 1R A A 1R A 0 / 4 0–4
U.S. Open A A 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R QF 2R QF 1R A 0 / 13 14–13
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 40 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 5–2 2–3 0–4 1–3 7–3 1–3 0–3 6–4 4–3 7–3 2–4 0–0 N/A 37–40
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
1R W 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R QF QF A 1 / 10 11–9
Key Biscayne 2R 2R A 2R 1R QF 3R SF 2R 2R A 0 / 9 9–8
Monte Carlo F QF 1R 1R 1R F SF QF 1R 1R A 0 / 10 13–10
Rome 2R A 2R 2R F 2R QF QF SF 1R A 0 / 9 15–9
Hamburg 2R SF 1R 1R 2R 2R QF W 2R 1R A 1 / 10 12–8
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A A SF A A A A 0 / 1 2–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid (Stuttgart) 1R A 2R A QF A 1R A 1R A A 0 / 5 3–5
Paris 1R A 1R A 1R A 1R A 2R A A 0 / 5 1–5
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 7 1 / 4 0 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 5 0 / 8 1 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 5 0 / 0 2 / 59 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 4–7 11–3 3–6 1–4 7–7 9–4 10–8 12–4 6–7 3–5 0–0 N/A 66–55
Year-end ranking 442 351 67 76 22 30 36 48 45 26 25 31 22 36 70 257 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

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