Àlex Corretja

Àlex Corretja
Alex Corretja ATC2010.jpg
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1974-04-11) 11 April 1974 (age 44)
Barcelona, Spain
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1991
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$10,411,354
Singles
Career record438–281 (60.92%)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1 February 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1998)
French OpenF (1998, 2001)
Wimbledon2R (1994, 1996)
US OpenQF (1996)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1998)
Olympic Games3R (2000)
Doubles
Career record103–115 (47.25%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 50 (9 June 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1998)
Wimbledon3R (1996)
US Open3R (1996)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2000)

Àlex Corretja i Verdegay (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaləks kuˈrɛdʒə j βəɾðəˈɣaj]; born 11 April 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. During his career, he finished runner-up twice at the French Open (in 1998 and 2001). He won the ATP Tour World Championships in 1998 and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in 1999. He also played a key role in helping Spain win its first-ever Davis Cup title in 2000. He became a temporary coach of British tennis player Andy Murray in April 2008 for the duration of the clay-court season and resumed the role in 2009.[1] On 29 March 2011, Corretja and Murray parted company by mutual agreement.

From 2012 until 2013, Corretja coached the Spanish Davis Cup team. He was replaced by Carlos Moyá.

Early career

Corretja was born in Barcelona, and first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player who won the Orange Bowl 16s title in 1990. He turned professional in 1991 and won his first top-level singles title in 1994 at Buenos Aires. His first doubles title came in 1995 at Palermo.

1996

In 1996, Corretja faced Pete Sampras in an epic five-set quarterfinal match at the US Open. Pete Sampras threw up in the fifth set tiebreak, where Corretja held a match point later on, but he eventually lost to Sampras on a double fault in 4 hours and 9 minutes 6–7, 7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–7(7–9).

1997

In 1997, Corretja captured three titles, including his first Tennis Masters Series title in Rome, where he defeated Marcelo Ríos 7–5, 7–5, 6–3. (He won a second Masters Series title in 2000 at Indian Wells.)

1998

1998 saw Corretja reach his first Grand Slam final at the French Open. In the third round, he defeated Argentina's Hernán Gumy in (at the time) the longest match in the tournament's history. Corretja won the 5-hour 31-minute marathon 6–1, 5–7, 6–7, 7–5, 9–7. In the final, Corretja lost to fellow-Spaniard Carlos Moyà in straight sets 3–6, 5–7, 3–6.

Corretja finished 1998 by winning the most significant title of his career, the ATP Tour World Championships (now known as the World Tour Finals). In the semifinals, he saved three match points on the way to beating Sampras 4–6, 6–3, 7–6. In the final, Corretja faced Moyà in a five-set marathon and came back from two sets down to win in 4 hours and 1 minute 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5. Corretja's win made him the first man to ever win the Tour Championships without having ever won a Grand Slam tournament (David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko and Grigor Dimitrov have since repeated the feat.)

In total, Corretja won a career-high five singles titles in 1998 and finished the year ranked world no. 3. This year Corretja won in Lyon, played on carpet, a "damned" surface for Spanish tennis in the 90's. This year also won in Dubai (hard court), defeating countryman Felix Mantilla. These results, joining with the good results on clay, made Corretja the most versatile Spanish player for several years. In February 1999, Corretja reached his career-high ranking of world no. 2.

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български: Алекс Кореча
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српски / srpski: Алекс Коређа
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