43 Facts About Fernando Gonzalez


Fernando Francisco Gonzalez Ciuffardi is a Chilean former professional tennis player.

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Fernando Gonzalez played his only major final at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to top-seeded Roger Federer.

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Fernando Gonzalez is the fourth man in history to have won an Olympic tennis medal in every color, with gold in doubles and bronze in singles from Athens 2004, and silver in singles from Beijing 2008.

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The gold medal Gonzalez won together with Nicolas Massu at the 2004 Olympics in men's doubles was Chile's first-ever Olympic gold medal.

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Fernando Gonzalez was known for having one of the hardest forehands on the tour.

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Fernando Gonzalez's father, who was an amateur tennis player, was able to convince his son to opt for tennis over football.

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Fernando Gonzalez moved in with his family to La Reina in eastern Santiago, where he practiced with his coach Claudio Gonzalez at the Club La Reina three times a week.

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Fernando Gonzalez played his first junior match in August 1995 at the age of 15 at a grade 5 tournament in El Salvador.

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Fernando Gonzalez won his first Davis Cup tie in a doubles rubber partnering Massu.

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Fernando Gonzalez reached as high as No 4 in the world in singles and No 2 in doubles.

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Fernando Gonzalez played his first ATP tournament in Washington, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the first round, before losing to Marc Rosset.

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Fernando Gonzalez won his first ATP Tour title in May 2000 when he defeated Massu at the US Men's Clay Court Championships final in Orlando, Florida.

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In January 2001, Fernando Gonzalez played at the Australian Open for the first time, losing in the first round to Guillermo Coria in four sets.

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Fernando Gonzalez continued to play Challengers and smaller ATP events throughout the year.

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In February 2002, Fernando Gonzalez won his second career ATP title in Vina del Mar by defeating Nicolas Lapentti in the final, and later that year he won his third title in Palermo, Italy and reached the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters, and the quarterfinals at the US Open.

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In May 2003, Fernando Gonzalez reached the quarterfinals of Hamburg and the French Open.

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In February 2004, Fernando Gonzalez repeated his Vina del Mar title by defeating Gustavo Kuerten in the final.

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Fernando Gonzalez had to play the bronze medal match against Taylor Dent and the doubles final on the same day.

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Fernando Gonzalez began the season by taking the title in Auckland, New Zealand, his first hard court title.

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Fernando Gonzalez further proved his all-court versatility by winning the indoors-carpet singles title at Basel, as well as winning the doubles title in the same tournament with partner Agustin Calleri.

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Fernando Gonzalez became the first Chilean to win a Masters match when he beat Mariano Puerta and just missed out on making the semifinal—and finishing the year as No 11—after losing to Gaston Gaudio in a match in which he had three match points.

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At the US Open, Fernando Gonzalez was upset by Teymuraz Gabashvili in a five-set thriller.

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Fernando Gonzalez then lost to Andy Roddick and Nikolay Davydenko, finishing last of his group.

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Fernando Gonzalez ended the season at No 7, his highest year-end ranking to date.

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On 12 December, Fernando Gonzalez announced he had hired former Argentine player Martin Rodriguez as his new full-time coach for 2009.

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Fernando Gonzalez bowed out of the tournament with a straight-sets defeat against world No 1 and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.

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Fernando Gonzalez overpowered all of his opponents with a solid display of tennis and did not drop a set throughout the whole tournament.

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Fernando Gonzalez withdrew from Munich and Madrid, after twisting his ankle while signing autographs in Rome.

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At the US Open, Fernando Gonzalez reached the quarterfinals for the second time, beating seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.

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Fernando Gonzalez was defeated by third seed Rafael Nadal in a match repeatedly delayed by rain.

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Fernando Gonzalez argued that the point should have been replayed, as he had been in the right position and would have made a play on the ball if it had been called in.

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Fernando Gonzalez entered the Movistar Open, held in Santiago for the first time that year, as the two-time defending champion.

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Fernando Gonzalez made the semifinals, losing to Thomaz Bellucci in three sets.

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Fernando Gonzalez made the semifinals at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

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Fernando Gonzalez beat all of his opponents; Sam Querrey, Victor Hanescu, and Eduardo Schwank, in three sets, before losing badly to David Ferrer.

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Fernando Gonzalez decided to skip the 1000 Masters in Indian Wells to travel to areas affected by the 8.

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Fernando Gonzalez returned to the ATP Tour Masters 1000 in Miami, where he lost in the fourth round to Robin Soderling.

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Fernando Gonzalez hosted a benefit for the Chilean earthquake victims, Champions for Chile, appearing alongside Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and Gustavo Kuerten.

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Fernando Gonzalez returned in New Haven, where he lost in the second round to Radek Stepanek.

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On 9 February 2012, Fernando Gonzalez announced that he would retire from professional tennis after the Miami Masters.

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Fernando Gonzalez played his last professional match on 21 March 2012 at Miami, losing in three sets to Nicolas Mahut in the first round.

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Fernando Gonzalez has an older sister, Patricia, and a younger sister, Jessica.

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Fernando Gonzalez studied primary school at Colegio de La Salle and finished secondary school at Colegio Terra Nova.

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