French Open 1998
Carlos Moya began playing tennis at the age of 6 at his home on the island of Mallorca, Spain, before moving to Barcelona as a teenager to further his career. Moya was a baseliner with a rather languid style. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1996 Australian Open, where he lost in the opening round. At the 1997 Australian Open Moya beat defending champion Boris Becker in the opening round in five sets and came from two sets to one down to beat Jonas Bjorkman in the fourth round. In the quarters he overcame Felix Mantilla in four sets and beat Michael Chang in straight sets in the semis before losing easily to Pete Sampras in the final. At the 1998 French Open Moya beat Felix Mantilla in the semis and Alex Corretja in straight sets in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. At the US Open Moya saved match points in beating Chang in five sets in the second round and went on to reach the semis, where he lost to Mark Philippoussis in four sets. Moya reached the number one ranking for a short period early in 1999. Defending his title at the 1999 French Open, Moya lost in the fourth round to Andre Agassi in five sets. Then Moya's form dropped and he struggled to win matches. His ranking slipped outside the top 50. At the 2001 Australian Open Moya showed signs of a return to form with a five set win over the number 7 seed Lleyton Hewitt in the third round before losing to Sebastian Grosjean in the quarters. For the remainder of his career Moya was always a difficult opponent on clay, but never looked like adding to his solitary Grand Slam title.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 0-1, B.Becker 1-0, M.Chang 2-0, J.Courier 0-1, N.Djokovic 0-1, S.Edberg 0-1, R.Federer 0-1, L.Hewitt 1-1, G.Ivanisevic 0-1, P.Korda 1-0, R.Nadal 0-1, P.Rafter 1-0, P.Sampras 0-1
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