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Martín Miguel Vassallo Argüello (born 10 February 1980) is a retired professional male tennis player from Argentina. His career-high ATP singles ranking is World No. 47, achieved in April 2009 shortly after reaching the semifinals of Acapulco.

Martín Miguel Vassallo Argüello
Martín Vassallo Argüello.jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1980-02-10) 10 February 1980 (age 39)
Temperley, Argentina
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2011
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,420,101
Singles
Career record47–81
Career titles0
8 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 47 (27 April 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
French Open4R (2006)
Wimbledon2R (2008, 2009)
US Open1R (2007, 2008, 2009)
Doubles
Career record20–32
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 71 (25 June 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2010)
French Open1R (2007, 2009)
Wimbledon1R (2009)
US Open1R (2009)

Tennis careerEdit

He turned pro in 1999. Over the course of his career, he has represented both Argentina and Italy.

At the 2006 French Open, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. He entered the tournament as a qualifier and beat Paul Goldstein of the United States in the first round in straight sets, No. 21 seed Sébastien Grosjean of France in the second round in five sets and Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands in the third round, also in five sets. In the next round he lost to David Nalbandian.

In late 2007, at the Orange Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland, Argüello was embroiled in a betting scandal after his match against world number four Nikolay Davydenko. The match saw Davydenko retire with the scores at 2–6, 6–3, 2–1. Gamblers betting on the match displayed irregular betting patterns and a total of £3.4m was paid out on it, ten times the normal amount for a match at this level. Eventually, Betfair voided all bets on the match. Neither Argüello nor Davydenko have been formally charged with any offence by the ATP.[1]

According to a BBC report, a follow-up investigation revealed that Argüello had exchanged messages with a Sicilian gambler in 2006, including on the morning of a tennis match which saw the gambler win $86,000. Deleted messages recovered from Argüello's phone included "He doesn't want to do it. He intends to win", followed by "All okay" just before the game.[2]

In 2009, Vassallo Argüello made his Davis Cup debut for Argentina in the 5-0 defeat against The Netherlands in Buenos Aires playing doubles with Lucas Arnold Ker and in the reverse singles.

Singles titlesEdit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (8)
Futures (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 29 April 2002 Rome Clay   Filippo Volandri 6–4, 6–0
2. 12 May 2003 Košice Clay   Hermes Gamonal 6–3, 6–3
3. 7 July 2003 Oberstaufen Clay   Andreas Seppi 6–1, 6–4
4. 28 July 2003 Trani Clay   Francisco Fogués 6–3, 7–5
5. 22 January 2007 Santiago Clay   Fabio Fognini 1–6, 7–5, 6–4
6. 6 October 2008 Asunción Clay   Leonardo Mayer 3–6, 6–3, 7–6
7. 20 October 2008 Buenos Aires Clay   Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
8. 29 November 2008 Lima Clay   Sergio Roitman 6–2, 4–6, 6–4

Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R A 1R 0–3
French Open 1R A A A 4R 2R 2R 2R 6–5
Wimbledon A A 1R A A 1R 2R 2R 2–4
US Open A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 0–2
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–4 2–4 2–3 0–1 8–15

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBC SPORT | Tennis | Davydenko faces betting inquiry
  2. ^ "The Tennis Files: Have top players been paid to lose?". BBC. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.

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