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Sergi Bruguera

Sergi Bruguera Torner (born on January 16, 1971, in Barcelona, Spain) is a retired professional tennis player from Spain. He is best remembered for winning two consecutive men's singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994.

Career

Bruguera was Spain's national junior champion in 1987. He turned professional in 1988. In his first full year on the tour, 1989, he won the Cairo Challenger title as a qualifier (defeating Jordi Arrese in the final) and reached the semi-finals in Rome. He finished 1989 ranked World No. 26, and was named the ATP's Newcomer of Year.

Bruguera earned a reputation as a top clay court player in the early 1990s, winning titles in Estoril, Monte Carlo and Athens in 1991, and in Madrid, Gstaad and Palermo in 1992.

In 1993, following wins over Pete Sampras and Andrei Medvedev, Bruguera reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where he faced two-time defending champion and the current world's No. 1 player Jim Courier. Courier was overwhelmingly favoured to win his third title, but ultimately Bruguera won a gruelling five-set final, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3. The victory was one of five titles that Bruguera captured that year.

In 1994, Bruguera defended his title at the French Open, defeating, once again, Courier and Medvedev, and fellow Spaniard Alberto Berasategui in the final, 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1.

Bruguera won the men's singles Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was defeated in straight sets in the final by Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3, 6–1.

Bruguera reached the French Open final for the third time in 1997 and was considered the favorite to win his third title against the unseeded Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten. But Kuerten surprisingly defeated Bruguera in straight sets 6–3, 6–4, 6–2. (Kuerten was completely unknown at the time, but would go on to win the French Open three times and become the World No. 1 ranked player in 2000.)

Outside tennis, Bruguera is a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and would often attend their games while playing at tournaments in United States. In Miami on March 28 1997, during the same tournament where he defeated World No. 1 Pete Sampras in the semi-finals, Bruguera sank three shots (layup, free throw, top of key) during a time-out of a game between the Lakers and the Miami Heat to earn $500. This money was given to ATP Charities in his name.

Bruguera earned the ATP's Comeback Player of Year award in 1997 after returning from an ankle injury the previous year and improving his ranking from No. 81 to No. 8.

Bruguera won a total of 14 top-level singles titles and 3 doubles titles during his career. His career-high singles ranking was No. 3. He is currently the director of the Bruguera Tennis Academy Top Team.

In a 2006 interview featuring questions from fans by the BBC Sport website, a question was asked about the frequent comparisons between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. In his reply, Bruguera claimed that Federer is ten times better than Sampras.

Bruguera is one of the few players to have a winning record against Sampras, winning three of their five matches: 1–0 on hardcourt, 2–1 on clay, and 0–1 on carpet.

Grand Slam singles finals

Wins (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1993 French Open Jim Courier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
1994 French Open (2) Alberto Berasategui 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1

Runners-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1997 French Open Gustavo Kuerten 6–3, 6–4, 6–2

Masters Series singles finals

Wins (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1991 Monte Carlo Boris Becker 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(6), 7–6(4)
1993 Monte Carlo (2) Cédric Pioline 7–6(2), 6–0

Runner-ups (3)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1994 Monte Carlo Andrei Medvedev 7–5, 6–1, 6–3
1995 Rome Thomas Muster 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–2, 6–3
1997 Key Biscayne Thomas Muster 7–6(6), 6–3, 6–1

Titles (17)

Singles (14)

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP Tour (10)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Grass (0)
Clay (13)
Carpet (0)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
1. April 7, 1991 Estoril, Portugal Clay Karel Nováček 7–6(7), 6–1
2. April 28, 1991 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Boris Becker 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(6), 7–6(4)
3. October 6, 1991 Athens, Greece Clay Jordi Arrese 7–5, 6–3
4. May 3, 1992 Madrid, Spain Clay Carlos Costa 7–6(6), 6–2, 6–2
5. July 12, 1992 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Francisco Clavet 6–1, 6–4
6. October 4, 1992 Palermo, Italy Clay Emilio Sánchez 6–1, 6–3
7. April 25, 1993 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Cédric Pioline 7–6(2), 6–0
8. June 6, 1993 French Open, Paris Clay Jim Courier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
9. July 11, 1993 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Karel Nováček 6–3, 6–4
10. August 8, 1993 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Andrei Chesnokov 7–5, 6–4
11. September 19, 1993 Bordeaux, France Hard Diego Nargiso 7–5, 6–2
12. June 5, 1994 French Open, Paris Clay Alberto Berasategui 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1
13. July 10, 1994 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Guy Forget 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
14. August 7, 1994 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Andrei Medvedev 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. May 13, 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay Jim Courier Udo Riglewski
Michael Stich
7–6, 6–2
2. June 17, 1990 Florence, Italy Clay Horacio de la Peña Luiz Mattar
Diego Perez
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
3. September 15, 1991 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Marc Rosset Per Henricsson
Ola Jonsson
3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Singles runner-up (21)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. July 15, 1990 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Martín Jaite 6–3, 6–7, 6–2, 6–2
2. September 16, 1990 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Horst Skoff 7–6, 7–6
3. April 14, 1991 Barcelona, Spain Clay Emilio Sánchez 6–4, 7–6, 6–2
4. July 14, 1991 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Emilio Sánchez 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
5. April 5, 1992 Estoril, Portugal Clay Carlos Costa 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. September 20, 1992 Bordeaux, France Clay Andrei Medvedev 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
7. October 11, 1992 Athens, Greece Clay Jordi Arrese 7–5, 3–0 retired
8. February 14, 1993 Milan, Italy Carpet (I) Boris Becker 6–3, 6–3
9. April 11, 1993 Barcelona, Spain Clay Andrei Medvedev 6–7(7), 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
10. May 2, 1993 Madrid, Spain Clay Stefan Edberg 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
11. October 3, 1993 Palermo, Italy Clay Thomas Muster 7–6(2), 7–5
12. February 6, 1994 Dubai, UAE Hard Magnus Gustafsson 6–4, 6–2
13. April 24, 1994 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Andrei Medvedev 7–5, 6–1, 6–3
14. May 1, 1994 Madrid, Spain Clay Thomas Muster 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 7–5
15. May 21, 1995 Rome, Italy Clay Thomas Muster 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–2, 6–3
16. July 28, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, U.S. Hard Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
17. March 2, 1997 Milan, Italy Carpet (I) Goran Ivanišević 6–2, 6–2
18. March 23, 1997 Key Biscayne, U.S. Hard Thomas Muster 7–6(6), 6–3, 6–1
19. June 8, 1997 French Open, Paris Clay Gustavo Kuerten 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
20. July 27, 1997 Umag, Croatia Clay Félix Mantilla 6–3, 7–5
21. July 30, 2000 San Marino Clay Alex Calatrava 7–6(7), 1–6, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989
Australian Open 1R A A 1R 3R A A A 4R A 1R 2R A
French Open 2R 1R A 1R F 2R SF W W 1R 2R 2R 4R
Wimbledon 1R A A A A A A 4R A A A 2R 1R
US Open 1R A A 2R 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R

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