French Open 2003
Nicknamed 'the mosquito', Juan-Carlos Ferrero was an undemonstrative character on court but his deadly forehand brought him a Grand Slam title. Ferrero first came to prominence aged 20 at the 2000 French Open, where he made the semi finals on debut before losing in five tough sets to the king of clay Gustavo Kuerten. The following year Ferrero lost again in the semis to Kuerten. In 2002 he made it to the final, but was humiliated by Albert Costa. In 2003 Ferrero overcame Fernando Gonzalez in five sets in the quarters before gaining revenge on an exhausted Costa (who had played four five setters earlier in the event) in the semis. In the final Ferrero played the unknown Dutchman Martin Verkerk. Aided by the wind, which made Verkerk mistime his shots, Ferrero won easily in straight sets. Later in the year Ferrero reached the U. S. Open final, beating Hewitt and Agassi before losing to Roddick. After that Ferrero's career declined and he was never the same again. Ferrero retired in 2012.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 2-0, M.Cilic 0-1, A.Costa 1-1, J.Del Potro 1-1, N.Djokovic 0-1, R.Federer 1-3, G.Gaudio 1-1, L.Hewitt 2-0, G.Kuerten 0-2, A.Murray 0-1, A.Roddick 0-1, M.Safin 1-2
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