Víctor Pecci

Víctor Pecci Sr. (born October 15, 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Paraguay.

Víctor Pecci
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Country (sports) Paraguay
ResidenceAsunción, Paraguay
Born (1955-10-15) 15 October 1955 (age 65)
Asunción
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1976
Retired1990
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$994,408
Singles
Career record358–243
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 9 (24 March 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenF (1979)
Wimbledon3R (1990, 1980)
US Open3R (1979)
Doubles
Career record194–170
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 13 (9 April 1979)
Team competitions
Davis Cup28–17

He was ranked as high as world No. 9 in singles in 1980 and world No. 31 in doubles in 1984. Pecci is famous for reaching the 1979 French Open final. He beat Guillermo Vilas 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3 in the semifinals, but lost to three-time champion Björn Borg in the final. He also reached the semifinals in 1981 and was runner-up in Rome. Pecci won the French Open boys' singles in 1973.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1979 French Open Clay   Björn Borg 3–6, 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 Career W-L
Australian Open A A A A A A A 2R A 1R A A A NH 1–2
French Open 1R Q3 A 1R 4R F 2R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 17–11
Wimbledon Q3 2R 2R A 1R 3R 3R 1R A A A 1R A 6–7
US Open A 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R A A A A 1R A 5–7
Win-Loss 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 4–3 10–3 5–4 5–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 29–27

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 22 (10 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay   Éric Deblicker 7–5, 7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2. 1976 Berlin, Germany Hard   Hans-Jürgen Pohmann 6–1, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Loss 1. 1977 Munich, Germany Clay   Željko Franulović 1–6, 1–6, 7–6, 5–7
Win 3. 1978 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Rolf Gehring 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2. 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   José Luis Clerc 4–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1978 Santiago, Chile Clay   José Luis Clerc 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Win 4. 1979 Nice, France Clay   John Alexander 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
Loss 4. 1979 French Open, Paris Clay   Björn Borg 3–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 5. 1979 London Queen's Club, UK Grass   John McEnroe 7–6, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 6. 1979 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)
Win 5. 1979 Quito, Ecuador Clay   José Higueras 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 6. 1979 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Jairo Velasco Sr. 6–3, 6–4
Loss 7. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Andrew Pattison 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 8. 1980 Quito, Ecuador Clay   José Luis Clerc 4–6, 6–1, 8–10
Win 7. 1980 Santiago, Chile Clay   Christophe Freyss 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 8. 1981 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay   José Higueras 6–4, 6–0
Loss 9. 1981 Mar del Plata, Argentina Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–2, 3–6, 1–2 ret.
Win 9. 1981 Bournemouth, England Clay   Balázs Taróczy 6–3, 6–4
Loss 10. 1981 Rome, Italy Clay   José Luis Clerc 3–6, 4–6, 0–6
Win 10. 1983 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay   Jaime Fillol 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 11. 1984 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   José Higueras 5–7, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 12. 1985 Nice, France Clay   Henri Leconte 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 18 (12 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1976 North Conway, U.S. Clay   Ricardo Cano   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 0–6
Win 1. 1976 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet (i)   Lito Álvarez   Ricardo Cano
  Belus Prajoux
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Win 2. 1978 Milan, Italy Carpet (i)   José Higueras   Wojciech Fibak
  Raúl Ramírez
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 2. 1978 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Antonio Muñoz   Wojciech Fibak
  Tom Okker
2–6, 4–6
Win 3. 1978 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Belus Prajoux   Jan Kodeš
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Win 4. 1978 Louisville, United States Clay   Wojciech Fibak   Victor Amaya
  John James
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Win 5. 1978 Boston, United States Clay   Balázs Taróczy   Heinz Günthardt
  Van Winitsky
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Win 6. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Balázs Taróczy   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Loss 3. 1978 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Hans Gildemeister   Álvaro Fillol
  Jaime Fillol
4–6, 3–6
Win 7. 1978 Santiago, Chile Clay   Hans Gildemeister   Álvaro Fillol
  Jaime Fillol
6–4, 6–3
Loss 4. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Balázs Taróczy   Ilie Năstase
  Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 4–6
Loss 5. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay   Balázs Taróczy   Gianni Ocleppo
  Ricardo Ycaza
2–6, 2–6
Win 8. 1981 Bournemouth, England Clay   Ricardo Cano   Buster Mottram
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Win 9. 1983 Florence, Italy Clay   Francisco González   Dominique Bedel
  Bernard Fritz
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Win 10. 1983 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Francisco González   Jan Gunnarsson
  Mike Leach
6–2, 6–7, 6–4
Win 11. 1983 Venice, Italy Clay   Francisco González   Steve Krulevitz
  Zoltán Kuhárszky
6–1, 6–2
Loss 6. 1984 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Martín Jaite   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 0–6
Win 12. 1985 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Hans Gildemeister   David Graham
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 1–6, 6–4

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
John McEnroe
ATP Most Improved Player
1979
Succeeded by
not awarded, 1980
Ivan Lendl, 1981