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Nicolás Alexander Lapentti Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlaz laˈpenti];[a] born 13 August 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador. His brothers, Giovanni and Leonardo, uncle Andrés, and cousins Roberto and Emilio also are or were on the pro circuit.

Nicolás Lapentti
N Lapentti 2009 Davis Cup 1.jpg
Country (sports) Ecuador
ResidenceMiami, U.S.
Born (1976-08-13) 13 August 1976 (age 42)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$6,313,898
Singles
Career record317–287 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 6 (22 November 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1999)
French Open4R (2000)
WimbledonQF (2002)
US Open3R (2001)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1999)
Grand Slam CupQF (1999)
Olympic Games1R (1996, 2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record153–159 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 32 (10 May 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1999, 2001, 2003)
French OpenQF (1998)
Wimbledon3R (2003)
US Open3R (2003)
Team competitions
Davis Cup1R (2001, 2010)

Contents

BeginningsEdit

Lapentti began playing tennis at the age of six.

He first came to the tennis world's attention an outstanding junior player who won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994, when he also captured the junior doubles titles at the French Open (partnering with Gustavo Kuerten) and the US Open.

ProfessionalEdit

Lapentti turned professional in 1995 and won his first top-level singles title later that year at Bogotá.

In 1999, Lapentti was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, defeating Thomas Johansson, Magnus Norman, Mikael Tillström, Andrew Ilie and Karol Kučera before losing to Thomas Enqvist. He also won two tour singles titles that year and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 that November.

In 2002, Lapentti won his fifth tour singles title at St Pölten, beating Fernando Vicente in straight sets in the final. In the second round of that tournament, his rival, Irakli Labadze, faced four match points but was not able to convert any of them. Lapentti finally won that tough match 5–7, 7–6(1), 7–6(6).

His brother, Giovanni, is also a professional tennis player, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 110 in May 2005. In addition, another brother, Leonardo, has been active at the lower levels of professional tennis.

In the Cincinnati Open 2008, Lapentti defeated David Ferrer in second round, Fernando Verdasco in the third round and faced No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals where he lost in straight sets. With that victory over Lapentti, Nadal clinched the World No. 1 ranking for the first time.

In his last participation in a Grand Slam, he unfortunately had to retire against Novak Djokovic in the first round of the 2009 French Open.

In 2017, it was announced that Nicolás would compete in the Ecuador Open doubles draw alongside brother Giovanni, playing in the final event of his career.[1]

Davis CupEdit

He has also been a member of the Ecuador Davis Cup team since 1993. Representing his country in Davis Cup since he was 17, and won the deciding rubber against Great Britain (July 2000) to put Ecuador in the World Group. Moreover, he owns the Davis Cup record for most matches won in five sets, with a total of 13 victories.

PersonalEdit

Set up the Nicolás Lapentti Foundation in late 2000 to help bring tennis to the underprivileged, and develop future champions. Other interests include soccer and reading Robert Ludlum books.

ATP career finalsEdit

 
Nicolás Lapentti in 2017

Singles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Super 9 /
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series /
ATP International Series Gold (2–1)
ATP World Series /
ATP International Series (3–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (3–6)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (4–7)
Indoor (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 1995 Bogotá Open, Colombia World Series Clay   Miguel Tobón 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Sep 1996 Bogotá Open, Colombia World Series Clay   Thomas Muster 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–2 Oct 1997 Bogotá Open, Colombia World Series Clay   Francisco Clavet 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Jul 1999 Swiss Open, Switzerland World Series Clay   Albert Costa 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–3 Aug 1999 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, US Champ. Series Hard   Vince Spadea 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 3–3 Oct 1999 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France World Series Carpet (i)   Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–4 Oct 2000 Japan Open, Japan Intl. Gold Hard   Sjeng Schalken 4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Win 4–4 Jul 2001 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria Intl. Gold Clay   Albert Costa 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
Loss 4–5 Feb 2002 Chile Open, Chile International Clay   Fernando González 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7)
Win 5–5 May 2002 St. Pölten, Austria International Clay   Fernando Vicente 7–5, 6–4
Loss 5–6 Jul 2003 Swedish Open, Sweden International Clay   Mariano Zabaleta 3–6, 4–6
Loss 5–7 Sep 2006 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Italy International Clay   Filippo Volandri 7–5, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Super 9 /
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series /
ATP International Series Gold (0–0)
ATP World Series /
ATP International Series (3–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (2–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (3–4)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 1996 Bogotá Open, Colombia World Series Clay   Pablo Campana   Nicolás Pereira
  David Rikl
3–6, 6–7
Win 1–1 Aug 1997 Dutch Open, Netherlands World Series Clay   Paul Kilderry   Andrew Kratzmann
  Libor Pimek
3–6, 7–5, 7–6
Win 2–1 Oct 1997 Mexican Open, Mexico World Series Clay   Daniel Orsanic   Luis Herrera
  Mariano Sánchez
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 2–2 Nov 1997 Chile Open, Chile World Series Clay   Julián Alonso   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Andrew Kratzmann
6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Win 3–2 Jan 1999 Adelaide International, Australia World Series Hard   Gustavo Kuerten   Jim Courier
  Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 6–4
Loss 3–3 May 1999 Prague Open, Czech Republic World Series Clay   Mark Keil   Martin Damm
  Radek Štěpánek
0–6, 2–6
Loss 3–4 Feb 2004 Chile Open, Chile International Clay   Martín Rodríguez   Juan Ignacio Chela
  Gastón Gaudio
6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R A 2R SF 2R 2R 4R 3R 2R A A 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 11 15–11
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 14 12–14
Wimbledon A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A QF 2R A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 10 8–10
US Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 2–3 1–4 8–4 5–4 4–3 7–4 6–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–4 2–3 1–4 0–2 0 / 47 42–47
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0–3
Grand Slam Cup Was Not Invited QF Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 3R A SF QF 1R 1R 3R A A A LQ 3R A 0 / 8 12–8
Miami A A A 1R 2R 1R 3R QF 3R QF 4R 2R 2R 1R A LQ LQ 2R 0 / 12 14–12
Monte Carlo A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 2R 3R A 0 / 8 4–8
Rome A A A A A 2R QF 2R SF 1R 1R 1R A A A 2R LQ LQ 0 / 8 10–8
Hamburg A A A A A 2R SF 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R A A LQ A NM1 0 / 7 8–7
Canada A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 1R LQ A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A LQ QF LQ A 0 / 8 5–8
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 3R 2R 3R 3R A A A A LQ LQ A A 0 / 4 5–4
Paris A A A A A A SF 2R 3R 2R 2R A 1R A LQ LQ A A 0 / 6 7–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–6 16–7 8–9 15–9 7–9 3–8 4–4 1–3 0–1 0–0 5–4 4–2 1–1 0 / 66 67–66
Year End Ranking 326 632 109 121 63 90 7 24 23 29 57 122 95 67 109 86 97 447

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 11
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score LR
1998
1.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 3R 6–4, 6–1 61
1999
2.   Àlex Corretja 8 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 1R 4–3, ret. 26
3.   Carlos Moyá 10 Indianapolis, United States Hard QF 6–1, 6–2 20
4.   Gustavo Kuerten 5 Lyon, France Carpet (i) QF 5–7, 6–4, 7–5 14
2001
5.   Magnus Norman 5 Indian Wells, United States Hard 1R 4–6, 6–1, 6–1 27
6.   Tim Henman 10 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–4 27
7.   Juan Carlos Ferrero 4 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay QF 7–6(8–6), 6–2 36
8.   Lleyton Hewitt 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) 2R 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 30
2003
9.   Jiří Novák 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 2–6, 6–3, 6–4 39
2006
10   Nikolay Davydenko 6 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 2R 6–3, 6–3 116
2008
11.   David Ferrer 4 Cincinnati, United States Hard 2R 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 6–3 89

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Nicolás is pronounced [nikoˈlas].

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