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Manuel Orantes Corral (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈnwel oˈɾantes koˈral]; born 6 February 1949) is a former tennis player from Spain who was active in the 1970s and 1980s. He won the US Open men's singles in 1975, beating defending champion Jimmy Connors in the final. Orantes reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2.

Manuel Orantes
Manuel Orantes c1974.jpg
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1949-02-06) 6 February 1949 (age 70)
Granada, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1964)
Retired1983
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,398,303
Int. Tennis HoF2012 (member page)
Singles
Career record766–321 (70.5%) [2]
Career titles36 [3]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (23 August 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1968)
French OpenF (1974)
WimbledonSF (1972)
US OpenW (1975)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1976)
Olympic GamesF (1968, demonstration)
Doubles
Career record298–155
Career titles22
Highest rankingNo. 160 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1968)
French OpenF (1978)
WimbledonQF (1972)
US Open3R (1975)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1967Ch, 1970)

CareerEdit

On 7 September 1975 Orantes defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors in the final of the US Open at Forest Hills, New York to win his only Grand Slam title. A year earlier, he was runner-up to Björn Borg in the final of the French Open, taking a two-set lead before Borg won the last three sets, losing just two games in total.

Overall, he won 36 singles titles, including Rome (1972), Hamburg (1972 & 1975), Canada (1975), Monte Carlo (1975), the U.S. Claycourt Championships (1973, 1975 & 1977), the U.S. Pro in Boston (1977 & 1978) and the Masters in 1976. He also reached 35 finals, including the French Open (1974), Cincinnati (1973), Monte Carlo (1970), Canada (1973 & 1974), Rome (1973 & 1975), and Hamburg (1976 & 1977).

Orantes was a stalwart member of the Spanish Davis Cup team from 1967 to 1980, earning a record of 60–27 in Davis Cup match play. He also was a member of the Spanish team which won the inaugural World Team Cup in 1978.

He also won 22 doubles titles in his career, including Hamburg in 1975 and Canada in 1974. He reached 20 doubles finals, including the French Open in 1978, Canada in 1976, and Hamburg in 1973.

Orantes was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1974 French Open Clay   Björn Borg 6–2, 7–6(7–1), 0–6, 1–6, 1–6
Win 1975 US Open Clay   Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–3, 6–3

ATP Career finalsEdit

Singles: 72 (36 titles, 36 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1968 Madrid, Spain [4] Hard (i)   Manuel Santana 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 6–3, 8–6
Win 2. 1969 Macon, USA [5] Carpet (i)   Mark Cox 10–8, 7–5, 4–6, 9–7
Win 3. 1969 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Manuel Santana 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Win 4. 1969 Madrid, Spain [6] Hard (i)   Barry Philips-Moore 8–6, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1. 1970 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Željko Franulović 4–6, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2. 1970 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Željko Franulović 4–6, 2–6, 0–6
Loss 3. 1971 Caracas, Venezuela Clay   Thomaz Koch 6–7, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 4. 1971 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Clark Graebner Abandoned
Win 5. 1971 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Robert Lutz 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Win 6. 1972 Caracas, Venezuela Hard   Haroon Rahim 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 5. 1972 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Cliff Richey 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 4–6
Win 7. 1972 Rome, Italy Clay   Jan Kodeš 4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
Win 8. 1972 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Andrés Gimeno 6–4, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5
Win 9. 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Adriano Panatta 6–3, 9–8, 6–0
Win 10. 1972 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Ilie Năstase 6–4, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 6. 1972 South Orange, US Hard   Ilie Năstase 4–6, 4–6
Loss 7. 1972 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Jan Kodeš 3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Win 11. 1973 Valencia, Spain Clay   Adriano Panatta 6–4, 6–4, 6–3
Win 12. 1973 Nice, France Clay   Adriano Panatta 7–6, 5–7, 4–6, 7–6, 12–10
Loss 8. 1973 Rome, Italy Clay   Ilie Năstase 1–6, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 9. 1973 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Stan Smith 4–6, 2–6, 6–7
Loss 10. 1973 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Raúl Ramírez Abandoned
Win 13. 1973 Louisville, US Clay   John Newcombe 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 11. 1973 Cincinnati, US Clay   Ilie Năstase 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Win 14. 1973 Indianapolis, US Clay   Georges Goven 6–4, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 12. 1973 Toronto, Canada Clay   Tom Okker 3–6, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 13. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 6–2, 1–6, 6–8, 4–6
Loss 14. 1974 French Open, Paris Clay   Björn Borg 6–2, 7–6, 0–6, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 15. 1974 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 2–6
Loss 16. 1974 Toronto, Canada Clay   Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 17. 1974 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 6–8, 7–9, 3–6
Loss 18. 1974 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Guillermo Vilas 3–6, 6–0, 5–7, 2–6
Win 15. 1975 Cairo, Egypt Clay   François Jauffret 6–0, 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Win 16. 1975 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay   Bob Hewitt 6–2, 6–4
Loss 19. 1975 Valencia, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 3–6, 0–6
Loss 20. 1975 Madrid-2, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 6–7, 1–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 17. 1975 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Patrick Proisy 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Win 18. 1975 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Jan Kodeš 3–6, 6–2, 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
Loss 21. 1975 Rome, Italy Clay   Raúl Ramírez 6–7, 5–7, 5–7
Win 19. 1975 Båstad, Sweden Clay   José Higueras 6–0, 6–3
Win 20. 1975 Indianapolis, US Clay   Arthur Ashe 6–2, 6–2
Win 21. 1975 Toronto, Canada Clay   Ilie Năstase 7–6, 6–0, 6–1
Win 22. 1975 US Open, New York Clay   Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 22. 1975 Tokyo, Japan Clay   Raúl Ramírez 4–6, 5–7, 3–6
Loss 23. 1975 Calcutta, India Clay   Vijay Amritraj 5–7, 3–6
Win 23. 1976 Valencia, Spain Clay   Kjell Johansson 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
Win 24. 1976 Munich, Germany Clay   Karl Meiler 6–1, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 24. 1976 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Wojtek Fibak 2–6, 9–7, 2–6, 2–6
Loss 25. 1976 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Eddie Dibbs 4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 1–6
Loss 26. 1976 Düsseldorf, Germany Clay   Björn Borg 2–6, 2–6, 0–6
Loss 27. 1976 Pepsi Grand Slam, Myrtle Beach Clay   Ilie Năstase 4–6, 3–6
Win 25. 1976 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Jan Kodeš 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
Win 26. 1976 Tehran, Iran Clay   Raúl Ramírez 7–6, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
Win 27. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay   Eddie Dibbs 7–6, 6–2, 6–1
Win 28. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Eddie Dibbs 6–1, 2–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 28. 1976 London, UK Carpet   Raúl Ramírez 3–6, 4–6
Loss 29. 1976 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Mark Cox 6–4, 5–7, 6–7
Win 29. 1976 Masters, Houston Carpet   Wojtek Fibak 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1
Loss 30. 1977 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Paolo Bertolucci 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 31. 1977 North Conway, US Clay   John Alexander 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Win 30. 1977 Indianapolis, US Clay   Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–3
Win 31. 1977 Boston, US Clay   Eddie Dibbs 7–6, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 32. 1977 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Björn Borg 2–6, 5–7, 2–6
Win 32. 1977 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Kim Warwick 6–2, 6–1
Loss 33. 1977 Manila, Philippines Hard   Karl Meiler DEF
Win 33. 1978 Boston, US Clay   Harold Solomon 6–4, 6–3
Win 34. 1979 Munich, Germany Clay   Wojtek Fibak 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 34. 1979 Madrid, Spain Clay   Yannick Noah 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 35. 1980 Nice, France Clay   Björn Borg 2–6, 0–6, 1–6
Win 35. 1981 Palermo, Italy Clay   Pedro Rebolledo 6–4, 6–0, 6–0
Win 36. 1982 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Ángel Giménez 6–2, 6–0
Loss 36. 1983 Nice, France Clay   Henrik Sundström 5–7, 6–4, 3–6

Doubles: 42 (22 titles, 20 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1969 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Patricio Rodríguez   Terry Addison
  Ray Keldie
8–10, 6–3, 6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Win 2. 1971 New York, US Indoor   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Jimmy Connors
  Haroon Rahim
7–6, 6–2
Win 3. 1971 Salisbury, US Hard (i)   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Clark Graebner
  Thomaz Koch
6–3, 4–6, 7–6
Loss 1. 1972 Kansas City, US Indoor   Andrés Gimeno   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Win 4. 1972 Salisbury, US Hard (i)   Andrés Gimeno   Juan Gisbert Sr.
  Vladimir Zednik
6–4, 6–3
Loss 2. 1972 Hampton, US Hard (i)   Andrés Gimeno   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
4–6, 6–7
Loss 3. 1972 Caracas, Venezuela Hard   Jim McManus   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
4–6, 6–7
Loss 4. 1972 Madrid, Spain Clay   Andrés Gimeno   Ilie Năstase
  Stan Smith
2–6, 2–6
Win 5. 1972 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
9–7, 6–3
Win 6. 1972 Eastbourne, UK Grass   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Nicholas Kalogeropoulos
  Andrew Pattison
8–6, 6–2
Win 7. 1972 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Frew McMillan
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Win 8. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Mike Estep
  Ion Ţiriac
6–4, 7–6
Loss 5. 1973 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–7, 6–7, 6–7
Loss 6. 1973 Eastbourne, UK Grass   Ion Ţiriac   Ove Nils Bengtson
  Jim McManus
4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 9. 1973 Louisville, US Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Clark Graebner
  John Newcombe
0–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 7. 1973 Indianapolis, US Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Bob Carmichael
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 4–6
Loss 8. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Antonio Muñoz   Ilie Năstase
  Tom Okker
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 9. 1974 Tucson, US Hard   Tom Edlefsen   Charlie Pasarell
  Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 4–6
Loss 10. 1974 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Tony Roche   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 3–6
Win 10. 1974 Munich, Germany Clay   Antonio Muñoz   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
2–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2
Win 11. 1974 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   José Higueras   Roy Emerson
  Thomaz Koch
7–5, 0–6, 6–1, 9–8
Win 12. 1974 Montreal, Canada Hard   Guillermo Vilas   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Loss 11. 1974 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Guillermo Vilas   Juan Gisbert Sr.
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 0–6, 2–6
Win 13. 1974 Tehran, Iran Clay   Guillermo Vilas   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 2–6, 6–2
Win 14. 1974 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Guillermo Vilas   Clark Graebner
  Thomaz Koch
6–4, 6–3
Win 15. 1975 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Syd Ball
  Dick Crealy
8–6, 6–3
Win 16. 1975 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Wojtek Fibak
  Jan Kodeš
6–3, 7–6
Loss 12. 1975 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Björn Borg
  Ove Nils Bengtson
6–7, 5–7
Win 17. 1975 Indianapolis, US Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Wojtek Fibak
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
7–5, 6–0
Loss 13. 1975 Madrid, Spain Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Jan Kodeš
  Ilie Năstase
6–7, 6–4, 7–9
Win 18. 1975 Tehran, Iran Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
7–5, 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 14. 1975 Tokyo, Japan Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 4–6
Win 19. 1975 Calcutta, India Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 20. 1976 Valencia, Spain Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Corrado Barazzutti
  Antonio Zugarelli
Win 21. 1976 Munich, Germany Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
1–6, 6–3, 6–2, 2–3, ret.
Loss 15. 1976 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Wojtek Fibak
  Fred McNair
6–4, 5–7, 5–7
Loss 16. 1976 Montreal, Canada Hard   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Bob Hewitt
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 1–6
Loss 17. 1976 Tehran, Iran Clay   Juan Gisbert Sr.   Wojtek Fibak
  Raúl Ramírez
5–7, 1–6
Loss 18. 1977 Madrid, Spain Clay   Antonio Muñoz   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
7–6, 6–7, 3–6, 1–6
Loss 19. 1978 French Open, Paris Clay   José Higueras   Gene Mayer
  Hank Pfister
3–6, 2–6, 2–6
Win 22. 1982 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Guillermo Aubone
  Ángel Giménez
DEF
Loss 20. 1982 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Angel Gimenez   Hans Kary
  Zoltan Kuharszky
5–7, 2–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 SR
Australian Open QF A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1
French Open 1R 3R 4R 1R SF 2R F 1R QF A QF 4R 4R 1R A 2R 0 / 14
Wimbledon 1R 1R 3R 1R SF A 4R A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 7
US Open A 2R A QF 3R 3R 2R W QF QF 1R A A A A A 1 / 9
Win–Loss 3–2 3–3 5–2 4–2 11–3 3–2 10–3 7–1 8–2 4–1 4–2 4–2 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1 / 31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Manuel Orantes". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Manuel Orantes: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Manuel Orantes: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ "1968 Real Madrid Tournament Draw". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Macon Indoorr/Macon Open Roll of honour". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Real Madrid Tournament Draw 1969". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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