Birth date: January 13, 1982
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SINGLES CAREER TITLES (9):
Master Series (2):
International Series (5):
Vina del Mar 2001
Buenos Aires 2004
International Series Gold (2):
1998- Played in four pro events, highlighted by final appearance at Argentina Futures in October.
1999- Played in six Futures events, with a SF at Argentina and QF at Italy and Argentina.
2000- Played a total of 18 pro tournaments (Futures, Challenger, ATP) during year and only lost once in 1st RD. Qualified for his first Grand Slam event at Roland Garros, defeating Frenchman Llodra in 1st RD (l. to W. Ferreira in 2nd RD). Finished season on clay by winning his last four Challengers on Copa Ericsson circuit-Lima (d. Marin), Sao Paulo-2 (d. Behrend), Montevideo (d. Acasuso) and Buenos Aires (d. Berasategui). Qualified in three of his four ATP level tournaments during year (Mallorca, Roland Garros, Kitzbnhel).
2001- Improved his year-end finish for fourth consecutive year, highlighted by first ATP title in Viña del Mar (d. countryman Gaudio in F). Went 5-1 against his countrymen during season. Advanced to final in Mallorca (l. to A. Martin) as well as SFs at AMS Monte-Carlo, losing to eventual champion Kuerten, and Kitzbnhel (l. to Costa). Missed last three months of season with injury to left thumb sustained in practice at home on Aug. 20.
2002- Recovered from injury and suspension to finish in Top 50 for second straight year. Won two Challenger titles and advanced to 3rd RD at Roland Garros and US Open in only Grand Slam tournaments of year. Missed six months from Aug. 2001 and returned to action in North Miami Beach Challenger, reaching 2nd RD. On clay, advanced to SF in Houston, losing to eventual champion Roddick in three sets. In third appearance at Roland Garros, reached career-best 3rd RD after defeating Sargsian and Schuettler before losing to eventual finalist Ferrero in straight sets. Returned to Challenger circuit in following week and won title in Prostejov (d. Novak in F). Two weeks later won second Challenger title of year in Lugano (d. Galimberti). On U.S. hard courts, qualified at AMS Cincinnati and reached 2nd RD before losing to Agassi. Also advanced to 3rd RD at Washington (d. W. Black, d. Gonzalez, l. to eventual champion Blake). In September, reached final at Costa do Sauipe (held championship point against Kuerten in final before losing in third set tie-break). Went 13-8 on hard and 9-7 on clay courts.
2003- Finished as No. 1 South American player with his first Top 10 season. Qualified for his first Tennis Masters Cup along with countryman David Nalbandian and became first Argentine duo to play in year-end championship since 1982 when Jose-Luis Clerc and Guillermo Vilas qualified. Compiled his best season, capturing five ATP titles in seven finals and winning 60 matches. First Argentine to win five titles in a season since Vilas (7) and Clerc (5) in 1982 and became first Argentine to finish in Top 5 since Vilas was No. 4 in 1982. One of most consistent players in Top 10, losing only three opening round matches in 20 tournaments and advancing to QF or better 11 times. Put together a 32-11 record in first half of year, highlighted by his first career ATP Masters Series title in Hamburg in May, defeating countrymen Gaudio (SF) and Calleri (F) in succession. Became first Argentine winner since Vilas in 1978. Posted a 20-6 match record in AMS tournaments during year. He opened season with QF in Auckland and 4th RD at Australian Open (ret. vs. Agassi). He also advanced to 3rd RD at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Hewitt) and 4th RD at AMS Miami (l. to Costa), both in three sets. Also reached finals in Buenos Aires (l. to Moya) and AMS Monte-Carlo (l. to Ferrero). After winning title in Hamburg, posted his first Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros where he defeated Zabaleta in 4th RD and Agassi in QF before losing to Verkerk. After an opening round loss at Wimbledon, returned to clay in July and won three consecutive titles in as many weeks. Captured titles in Stuttgart (d. Robredo), Kitzbnhel (d. Massu) and Sopot (d. Ferrer), winning a career-best 15 consecutive matches and all 32 sets. In 1996, Thomas Muster was last player to win three consecutive titles in as many weeks. His streak ended Aug. 5 when he retired with a left adductor injury in 1st RD at AMS Montreal (vs. Lopez). Following week advanced to QF at AMS Cincinnati (d. Henman, l. to Mirnyi) and played well at US Open, dropping one set en route to QF (l. to Agassi). Did not play again until mid-October due to left adductor injury and returned in Basel where he captured his first indoor title (by walkover vs. Nalbandian). Closed season with 1-2 round robin record in Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, defeating Moya and losing to No. 1 Roddick and Schuettler both in three sets. Compiled a 38-5 clay court record, best on circuit (9-7 in 2002), and was a personal-best 17-10 on hard courts. Had an outstanding 56-1 mark on tour when winning first set in a match, 12-0 against his countrymen and 12-1 vs. left-handers. Led circuit in return games won (39 percent) and No. 2 in break points converted (49 percent). Earned a career-high $1,971,162.
2004- The Argentine finished in Top 10 and qualified for his second straight Tennis Masters Cup, highlighted by two ATP titles... Underwent right shoulder surgery on August 9 in Barcelona and underwent rehab in Spain. Before returning in November for Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, missed more than three months since retiring in 1st RD of ATP Masters Series Toronto on July 27 due to shoulder injury. Prior to injury, put together another outstanding season, highlighted by his first Grand Slam final appearance at Roland Garros where he lost to countryman Gaudio in a five-set thriller. Joined No. 1 Federer and No. 2 Roddick as only players to reach finals on clay, grass and hard during season. In February, played first clay court tournament in Buenos Aires and defeated Moya in final for first career Argentine ATP title. Played well in North American spring circuit, reaching QF in Indian Wells (l. to Agassi) and final in Miami where he retired with a back ailment trailing 1-2 sets against Roddick. Opened European clay courts with title at ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo with consecutive wins over Nalbandian (QF), Safin (SF) and Schuettler (F). In May, had his career-best 31-match clay court winning streak going back to SF of '03 Roland Garros come to an end with four-set loss to Federer in final of ATP Masters Series Hamburg. Came into Paris as favorite to win his first Grand Slam title and only lost one set prior to final before falling to Gaudio 8-6 in fifth set (after holding two match points). Led 6-0, 6-3 before Gaudio fought his way back. Had won 18 straight matches against Argentines prior to Roland Garros final. Two weeks later, played well on grass in 's-Hertogenbosch, defeating Clement (QF) and Ancic (SF) back-to-back before losing to Llodra in his first grass court final. Compiled records of 22-2 on clay, 12-9 on hard and 5-3 on grass. Also went 5-6 against Top 10 opponents and ranked No. 2 in return games won (34 percent) and No. 3 in break points converted (47 percent).
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Other interesting information: Began playing tennis soon after learning to walk when his father, Oscar, a tennis coach, introduced game to him. Named after former Argentine great Guillermo Vilas. Comes from Venado Tuerto, a small town three hours from Buenos Aires and considers it "the best city in the world and I wouldn't change it for any other". Now has an apartment in Buenos Aires where he practices. Lives with his grandmother who cooks and looks after him. He is oldest of three brothers, Federico, Roman. Admired Andre Agassi and Marcelo Rios while growing up. Captured Roland Garros junior title in 1999 (d. Nalbandian) and finished as No. 2 junior in world singles, No. 5 in doubles. Also won junior titles in Argentina, Paraguay and Canada. In doubles, won Wimbledon junior title (w/Nalbandian) and Orange Bowl 16s champion in 1997 . Reached final of Orange Bowl 18s following year (l. to Federer). Enjoys playing soccer with his friends, is a fan of River Plate team. Favorite band is Guns 'N Roses. Considers clay as favorite surface but in 2004 reached finals on three different surfaces. Wife, Carla (married Dec. 27, 2003). Opened GCoria Academy in Jockey Club de Venado Tuerto in 2004.