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Who is the greatest South American player to date?!

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With each passing season, I discover new reason
SAMPRAS --> Rios --> KUERTEN --> Kafelnikov -->
Federer --> Hewitt --> RODDICK --> GONZALEZ -->
NALBANDIAN --> Benneteau --> Davydenko --> Mathieu -->
TURSUNOV --> Mantilla --> KIEFER --> NADAL -->
Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->
??


Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead. Hee-haw. Buried and dead.
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Well, as Guga is not back yet, I should give the edge to Canas.

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oin history or right now ???

either Vilas or Guga
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Serge, to date, so that includes Vilas to like, Acasuso

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With each passing season, I discover new reason
SAMPRAS --> Rios --> KUERTEN --> Kafelnikov -->
Federer --> Hewitt --> RODDICK --> GONZALEZ -->
NALBANDIAN --> Benneteau --> Davydenko --> Mathieu -->
TURSUNOV --> Mantilla --> KIEFER --> NADAL -->
Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->
??


Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead. Hee-haw. Buried and dead.
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wait a second, I was talking about THIS VERY MOMENT.
You meant during all the history.
Anyway, Guga then. Just because...

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'97 ROLAND GARROS, '98 Stuttgart, '98 Mallorca, '99 MONTE CARLO, '99 ROMA, '00 Santiago, '00 HAMBURG, '00 ROLAND GARROS, '00 Indianapolis, '00 MASTERS CUP LISBOA, '01 Buenos Aires, '01 Acapulco, '01 MONTE CARLO, '01 ROLAND GARROS, '01 Stuttgart, '01 CINCINNATI, '02 Costa do Sauipe, '03 Auckland, '03 St. Petersburg, '04 Costa do Sauipe.
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Guillermo Vilas, then Kuerten, and now Guillermo Canas

LEGION ARGENTINA


DAVID NALBANDIAN - GUILLERMO CAÑAS
JUAN IGNACIO CHELA - GUILLERMO CORIA
GASTON GAUDIO - JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
JOSE ACASUSO - AGUSTIN CALLERI
MARIANO ZABALETA - MARTIN GARCIA
DIEGO HARTFIELD - JUAN MONACO
JUAN PABLO GUZMAN - CARLOS BERLOCQ
SERGIO ROITMAN - MARTIN VASALLO ARGUELLO
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GUGA - GUGA - GUGA - GUGA - GUGA - GUGA
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right now: GUGA (at the end of his career Guga could be considered the best ever)
ever: Vilas
but you are talking just about the south americans or latinos in general?
then i may add two great champions of the past: Rafael Osuna, and Pancho González (from other times, is true, but they won several GS's in singles and doubles), both Mexicans (but Pancho Gonzalez represented USA)
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Guillermo Vilas followed by Guga..
among the ladies, Maria Esther Bueno followed by Gabriela Sabatini...
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GUGA



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I think would be Guga. Just once I will be happy for the rest of my life.
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Que?!

With each passing season, I discover new reason
SAMPRAS --> Rios --> KUERTEN --> Kafelnikov -->
Federer --> Hewitt --> RODDICK --> GONZALEZ -->
NALBANDIAN --> Benneteau --> Davydenko --> Mathieu -->
TURSUNOV --> Mantilla --> KIEFER --> NADAL -->
Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->
??


Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead. Hee-haw. Buried and dead.
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If we're talking history, then I think this is the list

1. Guga (Brazil)

2. Guilermo Vilas (Argentina)

3. Marcelo Rios (Chile)--the FIRST South American to be ranked #1 in world

4. Victor Pecci (Paraguay)-- finalist at Roland Garros

5. Jaime Fillol (Chile)--Top 20 player in mid 70s

and now looks like Canas fits somewhere on this list

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since the latinos non southamericans can't be listed here i need to say that there are more southamericnas that were a great champions:
Alex Olmedo
Pancho Segura
Andrés Gómez
José Luis Clerc
just a few of them

but not southamericas: Raúl Ramírez, and Antonio Palafox, besides Pancho González and Rafael Osuna were magnificent players.

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Thanks Jorge for giving props to Roland Garros Champ Gomez !

And Jose Luis Clerc was marvelous..the "other" great Argentine escaped my memory.

I had heard of Pancho Segura and Alex Olmedo but thought they were both Americans. What countries are they from ?
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