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Marc Rosset (born 7 November 1970) is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland who is best remembered for winning the men's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. He also won one Grand Slam doubles title at the French Open in 1992 partnering compatriot Jakob Hlasek.

Marc Rosset
Country (sports)  Switzerland
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1970-11-07) 7 November 1970 (age 49)
Geneva, Switzerland
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand) *occasionally used one-handed backhand
Prize moneyUS$ 6,812,693
Singles
Career record433–351
Career titles15
Highest rankingNo. 9 (11 September 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1999)
French OpenSF (1996)
Wimbledon4R (2000)
US Open4R (1995)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesW (1992)
Doubles
Career record142–144
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 8 (2 November 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1991, 1992, 1994)
French OpenW (1992)
Wimbledon3R (1993, 2001)
US Open2R (1990, 1992, 1993, 2000)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1992)
Hopman CupF (1996)

CareerEdit

Rosset turned professional in 1988 and won his first tour singles title in 1989 in Geneva as a wildcard, defeating Guillermo Pérez Roldán. His first doubles title was won in Geneva as well in 1991 with partner Sergi Bruguera.

1992 was the pinnacle of Rosset's career. Representing Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he defeated several top players en route to qualifying for the men's singles final, including Jim Courier, Goran Ivanišević, Wayne Ferreira, and Emilio Sánchez. In the final, he faced Spain's Jordi Arrese and won an exciting five-set match, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6, to claim the gold medal. Rosset also won the 1992 French Open men's doubles title with partner Jakob Hlasek. Rosset also was a member of the Swiss team which reached the final of the 1992 Davis Cup. Switzerland lost in the final to the United States despite Rosset's winning a five-set singles rubber against Jim Courier (who was ranked world No. 1 at the time).

Rosset's most memorable Davis Cup match came in defeat in a singles rubber against Arnaud Clément of France in 2001, which he lost 15–13 in the fifth set after 5 hours and 46 minutes. During the later years of his playing career, Rosset also served as the Swiss Davis Cup team captain.

Rosset also enjoyed success playing in other international team competitions for Switzerland. In 1996, he was a member of the teams which won the World Team Cup and finished runners-up in the Hopman Cup. That year he also achieved his best performance at a Grand Slam when he beat Carl-Uwe Steeb, Jiří Novák, Jakob Hlasek, Stefan Edberg and Bernd Karbacher before losing to Michael Stich in the semi-finals.

Rosset had a 2–2 record against his successor as Switzerland's top male tennis player, Roger Federer. Rosset won their first two meetings in 2000 (including the final of the Open 13 at Marseille), but Federer won their meetings in 2001 and 2003.[1]

At 2.01 meters (6 ft. 7 in.), Rosset was one of the game's tallest players throughout his career. He was one of the game's fastest servers and most prolific servers of aces for most of his career.

Rosset changed his flight plans after a first-round defeat at the US Open in September 1998. After he changed his plans, the flight he had originally planned to take, Swissair Flight 111, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all on board.[2]

Rosset's career-high ATP singles ranking was world no. 9, and his career-high doubles ranking was world no. 8. He won a total of 15 top-level singles titles and eight doubles titles. He won at least one singles title on all surfaces: clay, grass, carpet, and hard court. His career prize money totaled $6,812,693.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1992 French Open Clay   Jakob Hlasek   David Adams
  Andrei Olhovskiy
7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 7–5

Olympic GamesEdit

Singles: 1 (1 gold medal)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1992 Barcelona Olympics Clay   Jordi Arrese 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 23 (15–8)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Olympic Gold Medal (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–1)
ATP Championship Series (2–3)
ATP Tour (12–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (3–2)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (7–3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Sep 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Guillermo Pérez Roldán 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1. Apr 1990 Madrid, Spain Clay   Andrés Gómez 3–6, 6–7
Loss 2. May 1990 Bologna, Italy Clay   Richard Fromberg 6–4, 4–6, 6–7
Win 2. Oct 1990 Lyon, France Carpet (i)   Mats Wilander 6–3, 6–2
Win 3. Aug 1992 Summer Olympics, Spain Clay   Jordi Arrese 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6
Win 4. Nov 1992 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Carl Uwe Steeb 6–3, 6–2
Win 5. Feb 1993 Marseille, France Carpet (i)   Jan Siemerink 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
Win 6. Aug 1993 Long Island, USA Hard   Michael Chang 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Win 7. Nov 1993 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Patrik Kühnen 6–4, 6–3
Win 8. Feb 1994 Marseille, France Carpet (i)   Arnaud Boetsch 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
Loss 3. Aug 1994 New Haven, United States Hard   Boris Becker 3–6, 5–7
Win 9. Oct 1994 Lyon, France Carpet (i)   Jim Courier 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 4. Nov 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Andre Agassi 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 10. Apr 1995 Nice, France Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–0
Win 11. Jun 1995 Halle, Germany Grass   Michael Stich 3–6, 7–6(13–11), 7–6(10–8)
Loss 5. Mar 1996 Milan, Italy Carpet (i)   Goran Ivanišević 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 12. Feb 1997 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i)   Tim Henman 6–2, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 6. Sep 1997 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Tim Henman 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Loss 7. Feb 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i)   Richard Krajicek 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 8. Feb 1998 Antwerp, Belgium Hard   Greg Rusedski 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 1–6, 4–6,
Win 13. Feb 1999 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i)   David Prinosil 6–3, 6–4
Win 14. Feb 2000 Marseille, France Hard (i)   Roger Federer 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 15. Feb 2000 London, UK Hard (i)   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 4R A 3R 1R A 2R 2R QF 2R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 11
French Open A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 4R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A A 0 / 13
Wimbledon A A 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R 1R A A 0 / 14
U.S. Open A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 13
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 51
Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A 2R 1R QF 3R A 1R 3R 1R A A 1R A A A A 0 / 7
Miami NME 1R QF 3R 4R 3R A 4R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 12
Monte Carlo NME QF 1R 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 12
Rome NME A 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 3R 3R A 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 9
Hamburg NME A 1R A 2R 1R QF 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 10
Canada NME A A A A 3R 2R 2R A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 4
Cincinnati NME A A 1R A A A 1R A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 3
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME 3R 1R A SF 3R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 10
Paris NME 3R 1R 1R 3R F 3R QF 1R 3R 3R 3R A A A A A 0 / 11
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 4 0 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 8 0 / 6 0 / 9 0 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 8 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 78
Year End Ranking 474 45 22 60 35 16 14 15 22 31 31 46 28 119 101 122 214 1306 N/A

Doubles: 12 (9–3)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Sep 1991 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Sergi Bruguera   Per Henricsson
  Ola Jonsson
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Win 2. Jan 1992 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Goran Ivanišević   Mark Kratzmann
  Jason Stoltenberg
7–6, 7–6
Win 3. May 1992 Rome, Italy Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Wayne Ferreira
  Mark Kratzmann
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Win 4. Jun 1992 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Jakob Hlasek   David Adams
  Andrei Olhovskiy
7–6, 6–7, 7–5
Loss 1. Jun 1992 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Javier Sanchez   Glenn Layendecker
  Byron Talbot
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Win 5. Oct 1992 Lyon, France Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   Neil Broad
  Stefan Kruger
6–1, 6–3
Win 6. Jul 1993 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Cédric Pioline   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Piet Norval
6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 2. Jul 1995 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Arnaud Boetsch   Luis Lobo
  Javier Sánchez
7–6, 6–7, 6–7
Win 7. May 1996 World Team Cup, Germany Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Petr Korda
  Daniel Vacek
6–3, 6–4
Win 8. Oct 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Tim Henman   Karsten Braasch
  Jim Grabb
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
Win 9. Sep 1999 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Oleg Ogorodov   Mark Keil
  Lorenzo Manta
7–6, 7–6
Loss 3. Jul 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Stanislas Wawrinka   Leander Paes
  David Rikl
4–6, 2–6

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total
Wins 0 2 1 4 4 4 2 5 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 33
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score RR
1990
1.   Emilio Sánchez 7 Madrid, Spain Clay 2R 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 47
2.   Emilio Sánchez 9 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay QF 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 28
1991
3.   Ivan Lendl 4 New Haven, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–4 41
1992
4.   Ivan Lendl 10 Rome, Italy Clay 2R 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–3) 45
5.   Jim Courier 1 Summer Olympics, Barcelona, Spain Clay 3R 6–4, 6–2, 6–1 44
6.   Goran Ivanišević 4 Summer Olympics, Barcelona, Spain Clay SF 6–3, 7–5, 6–2 44
7.   Jim Courier 1 Davis Cup, Fort Worth, United States Hard (i) RR 6–3, 6–7(9–11), 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 35
1993
8.   Andre Agassi 8 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4 33
9.   Boris Becker 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 7–6(7–3), 6–3 26
10.   Michael Chang 7 Long Island, United States Hard F 6–4, 3–6, 6–1 30
11.   Jim Courier 2 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) 3R 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–3) 21
1994
12.   Michael Stich 2 Marseille, France Hard (i) SF 6–2, 2–6, 6–4 17
13.   Andriy Medvedev 7 New Haven, United States Hard QF 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(8–6) 20
14.   Boris Becker 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 7–6(7–3), 7–6(9–7) 16
15.   Michael Chang 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) QF 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–4 16
1995
16.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Nice, France Clay F 6–4, 6–0 18
17.   Michael Stich 10 Halle, Germany Grass F 3–6, 7–6(13–11), 7–6(10–8) 13
1996
18.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) SF 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 14
19.   Boris Becker 5 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 7–6(7–4), 6–4 15
20.   Thomas Enqvist 9 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–1, 2–6, 6–3 15
21.   Wayne Ferreira 6 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) 1R 6–2, 7–6(7–4) 25
22.   Pete Sampras 1 Paris, France Carpet (i) 2R 6–4, 6–4 23
1997
23.   Carlos Moyà 7 Munich, Germany Clay QF 7–5, 7–6(7–5) 20
24.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 1R 6–4, 6–3 28
25.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard SF 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2 28
1998
26.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i) 2R 6–3, 6–3 26
27.   Pat Rafter 3 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i) SF 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2) 26
28.   Cédric Pioline 10 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 1R 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 13–11 39
29.   Richard Krajicek 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 2R 6–4, 5–7, 2–5, ret. 41
1999
30.   Tim Henman 7 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 3R 7–6(7–5), 6–3, 7–5 31
2000
31.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3 London, United Kingdom Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–4 72
32.   Nicolás Lapentti 9 Hamburg, Germany Clay 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–3 41
2004
33.   Guillermo Coria 4 Marseille, France Hard (i) 2R 7–6(7–2), 6–1 122

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