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The statistical tribute to Mariano Zabaleta (1994-2009)

Voo de Mar
05-05-2010, 02:43 PM
AJ thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=161250)

A "goat" junior - had an outstanding record in 1995: 60-1, the only defeat in QF at the US Open to Wessels 6-4 3-6 5-7. Won Roland Garros and Orange Bowl destroying all opponents and began successfully pro career - at the age of 18 won a strong Challenger in Birmingham and had already reached QF and SF in 2 out of first three ATP tournaments. Something spoiled in Zabaleta's development though and couldn't do anything interesting until Hamburg 1999 where showed his huge potential. Who suspected then, Zabaleta would win only three small ATP tournaments and never reach at least QF at Roland Garros?... Despite some good results on hardcourts, a typical clay-courter and eternal singles player (didn't play a doubles final even on Challenger circuit) with weird service motion.

Zabaleta at the Roland Garros 2007

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=135862&d=1201153136

Win/loss
Career Singles (Tour Level Only): 202 - 216 (.483)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only): 12 - 38 (.240)

Career Singles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 313 - 318 (.496)
Career Doubles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 25 - 57 (.297)

Number of tournaments played in singles:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 213
- Challengers: 93
- Satellites: 1

CAREER TITLES in singles: (3 ATP + 3 Challengers)
96 - Birmingham
98 - Bogota (24)
03 - Bastad (145)
04 - Bastad (167)
07 - La Serena, Bermuda

Finalist: 5 ATP + 3 Challengers

The best results in Grand Slam:
US Open (quarterfinalist 2001)
The best results in Masters Series:
Rome (semifinalist 2004)
Hamburg (finalist 1999; quarterfinalist 2000)
Cincinnati (quarterfinalist 2003)
Stuttgart (quarterfinalist 1999)

CAREER TITLES in doubles: 0

Career High Singles: 21 (03.04.2000)
Career High Doubles: 174 (07.07.2003)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1994-2009):
588 - 383 - 101 - 252 - 63 - 28 - 61 - 60 - 53 - 27 - 54 - 83 - 243 - 104 - 1,141 - 292.

Prize Money: $3,204,127

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 3-10 (.300)
Tie-breaks: 122-116 (.512)
TB's in the deciding set: 12-16 (.428)
The longest winning match: 3 hours 30 minutes; Agustin Calleri 6-4 6-7 7-6 7-5 (Roland Garros 2007)
The longest losing match: 4 hours 41 minutes; Guillermo Coria 4-6 6-7 7-5 7-6 3-6 (Roland Garros 2003)
The longest winning tie-break: F.Vicente 5-7 7-6(10) 6-4 (San Marino 1998)
The longest losing tie-break: R.Dutra Da Silva 3-6 6-7(12) (Brasilia-2 CH, 2009)
The most served aces: 18 - lost to Y.Kafelnikov in five sets (Roland Garros 2000)


The other tributes:

Guillermo Canas (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=159556&highlight=Canas)
Fabrice Santoro (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=154899&highlight=Santoro)
Marat Safin (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153948&highlight=safin)
Thomas Johansson (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=146101&highlight=johansson)
Andrei Pavel (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=137150&highlight=pavel)
Jonas Bjorkman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/search.php?searchid=1640259&highlight=bjorkman)
Gustavo Kuerten (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=124201&highlight=kuerten)
Felix Mantilla (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=120967&highlight=Statistical)
Davide Sanguinetti (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=119396&highlight=tribute)
Kenneth Carlsen (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=111739&highlight=carlsen)
Tim Henman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108551&highlight=tribute)
Wayne Arthurs (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=104420&highlight=tribute)
Sjeng Schalken (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=100578&highlight=tribute)
Greg Rusedski (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=99403&highlight=tribute)

Mariano :wavey:

Voo de Mar
05-05-2010, 02:44 PM
The most interesting matches in Zabaleta's career in my subjective view:

:) Roland Garros 1998, 1R: P.Korda 6-0 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-3

First two sets were unreal, Korda was No. 2 in the world, qualifier Zabaleta (No. 213) hadn't won a match on ATP tour level in 1.5 years before French Open '98! First 5-setter in Zabaleta's career and first Grand Slam win, celebrated in a soccer jersey.

:) Amsterdam 1998, QF: S.Dosedel 2-6 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

Zabaleta was 1:5 down in the third set and saved 6 match points in the progress. Dosedel won 13 points more (124 to 111).

:o Hamburg 1999, F: M.Rios 7-6(5) 5-7 7-5 6-7(5) 2-6

No. 48 Zabaleta had never won a match in "Masters Series" tournament before Hamburg '99 where en route to the final overcame 5 higher ranked opponents. The final was the most dramatic match in Zabaleta's career, played indoor because of rain, lasted 4 hours 7 minutes - the longest match in tournament history. In the first set Rios was twice two points away from victory [at 6:5 (30 all) and in the TB at 5:5], was serving to win the third set at 5:4. In the fourth set, Rios was serving at 5:4 (40-0) but Zabaleta saved triple setpoint and had matchpoint at 6:5 - made a forehand error trying to pass Rios... The Argentinian has been the only player so far who didn't win MS tournament despite MP-up... In the 2nd set of the final happened unusual thing - Zabaleta playing backhand-cross, lost a head in his "Head" racquet :lol:

:shrug: Davis Cup 2000, Santiago: N.Massu 7-5 2-6 7-6(1) 3-1 unf...

Second rubber of a Chile-Argentina tie on a hardcourt (American Group I, SF). Copied from the wikipedia...
Sections of the Chilean crowd incensed by what was perceived to be bad calls against Nicolás Massú threw missiles, fruits, coins, bottles, plastic chairs among other things. Zabaleta's father was hurt in the disturbances and required 10 stitches and the Argentines did not complete the tie after they were escorted from the court by police.
The rubber turned into Massu's win after a default, Chile won 2-0 :lol:

:) Sydney, the Olympics 2000, 1R: M.Rios 6-7(8) 6-4 7-5

Zabaleta had a streak of 4 consecutive defeats and cameback from *2:5 down in the final set against 12th seeded Rios.

:o Sopot 2001, 2R: D.Sanchez 4-6 7-6(4) 5-7

I'd say it was a match (3:10 hrs) of reverse luck for Zabaleta. Before that match he had rather been a mentally strong player but after the match turned into a choker. Saved 2 match points in the 2nd set on return and wasted 5 for himself at 5:4* in the third. According to my stats, Zabaleta had won 5 MP-down matches in just first 44 ATP tournaments of his career but couldn't win another match in that style through next 169 tournaments! Sopot '01 was his tournament No. 95.

:) US Open 2001, 3R: G.Rusedski 6-7(5) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2)

No other Zabaleta's match was so dominated by service games. The Argentinian broke Rusedski's serve twice, the Brit had only two break points (in 23 return games)! Zabaleta two days later later advanced to his only Grand Slam QF - at the US Open never passed 1st round in 7 other appearances...

:) Acapulco 2003, SF: G.Kuerten 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 7-5

The match lasted 2 hours 56 minutes, Zabaleta celebrated 25th birthday. Mariano was twice two points away to win the match in straight sets and 4:5* (0-30) down in the third set. "This is one of the happiest days of my life. I've beaten Kuerten, it's my birthday and I'm in a final for the first time in three-and-a-half years" said Zabaleta.

:o Roland Garros 2003, 4R: G.Coria 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(4) 3-6

4 hours 41 minutes on Suzanne Lenglen court, both players won 219 points! A similar match to Hamburg's final '99, Zabaleta was supposed to lose in straight sets but lost a 5-set epic with one-sided fifth set... Coria was serving to win the second set at 5:2, had 5:4* in the third set but Zabaleta won three games in a row and the match was interrupted by the darkness (finished the next day). In the 4th set Zabaleta had setpoint serving at 5:4 but Coria led 6:5 only to lose another set being a game from victory. In the 5th set Zabaleta broke Coria's serve to level at 2 games a piece after a 17-minute game but that game cost him too much.

:o Kitzbuhel 2004, QF: N.Massu 6-7(4) 6-7(6)

With the temperature hitting 102°F degrees (39°C) the match lasted 2 hours 52 minutes - it's the longest 2-setter which I know!

:o Vina del Mar 2005, QF: F.Gonzalez 6-4 6-7(4) 6-7(2)

The last part of "Chilean trilogy" in this post and one of the bitterest defeats in Zaba's career ;) Led 4:0* in the 1st tie-break and had matchpoint at 6:5* in the third set.

Curiosities:

# First prominent player who finished career after Guillermo Canas. Both Argentinians were on tour in years 1994-2009 but never met in ATP tournament! However met in the Argentinian Satellite in 1994 as teenagers, Zabaleta won 3-6 6-3 6-3.

# Lost 4 times on clay to Max Mirnyi, the only time beat the Beast when they met on indoor carpet :D
# Lost first meeting against Nicolas Lapentti, won next 7, finishing their H2H with 9 sets won without a tie-break!
# Never won a match on grass (lost 5, all at Wimbledon).

Smoke944
05-05-2010, 02:50 PM
:bigclap: Great tribute Voo.

Kolya
05-05-2010, 02:53 PM
Great tribute again Voo.

I remember watching Zabaleta play Kafelnikov at the FO in a good 5 setter live.

Filo V.
05-05-2010, 03:23 PM
Great tribute. Mariano was such a pleasure to watch when he was healthy. What some people don't realize was that he could actually play decent ball on hard court too when he was really going good, he wasn't some irrelevant clay court only guy. Only wish he could have stayed healthy throughout his career.

Frooty_Bazooty
05-05-2010, 04:22 PM
Voo, I dont know how you know all these stats, but I do know that you should be an international celebrity :worship: :bowdown:

Mateya
05-05-2010, 04:55 PM
:spit: :spit:
I didn't know Zabaleta had such an unbeliveable junior carrer! 60-1! :speakles:

:shrug: Davis Cup 2000, Santiago: N.Massu 7-5 2-6 7-6(1) 3-1 unf...

Second rubber of a Chile-Argentina tie on a hardcourt (American Group I, SF). Copied from the wikipedia...
Sections of the Chilean crowd incensed by what was perceived to be bad calls against Nicolás Massú threw missiles, fruits, coins, bottles, plastic chairs among other things. Zabaleta's father was hurt in the disturbances and required 10 stitches and the Argentines did not complete the tie after they were escorted from the court by police.
The rubber turned into Massu's win after a default, Chile won 2-0 :lol:
Now that's one :retard: crowd.
And why did Massu win this after default, I don't get it? :confused:


:o Roland Garros 2003, 4R: G.Coria 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(4) 3-6

4 hours 41 minutes on Suzanne Lenglen court, both players won 219 points! A similar match to Hamburg's final '99, Zabaleta was supposed to lose in straight sets but lost a 5-set epic with one-sided fifth set... Coria was serving to win the second set at 5:2, had 5:4* in the third set but Zabaleta won three games in a row and the match was interrupted by the darkness (finished the next day). In the 4th set Zabaleta had setpoint serving at 5:4 but Coria led 6:5 only to lose another set being a game from victory. In the 5th set Zabaleta broke Coria's serve to level at 2 games a piece after a 17-minute game but that game cost him too much.

Is still have this match on the old VHS tape :D
:o Kitzbuhel 2004, QF: N.Massu 6-7(4) 6-7(6)

With the temperature hitting 102°F degrees (39°C) the match lasted 2 hours 52 minutes - it's the longest 2-setter which I know!

:eek:
Incredible, that's freaking Kitzbuhel we are talking about, a place buried under the snow for half a year and fresh and wet in the summer, people are ofter wearing jackets and scarfs in the middle of summer. I'm sure it was hot that day, but I'm not sure if the termometer was totaly exact. :)

Spectacular tribute from Voo, can't wait for more players to retire just because of these tributes. :lol:

Voo de Mar
05-05-2010, 07:17 PM
Incredible, that's freaking Kitzbuhel we are talking about, a place buried under the snow for half a year and fresh and wet in the summer, people are ofter wearing jackets and scarfs in the middle of summer. I'm sure it was hot that day, but I'm not sure if the termometer was totaly exact. :)


I took that info from Internet in Fahrenheit so maybe someone writing about that day, wrongly converted the temperature from Celsius :D

ChinoRios4Ever
05-06-2010, 03:06 AM
Amazing job Voo and Zabaleta was one of those guys who had amazing "clasicos" with chilean players. He owned Rios since he lost to him in consecutive finals in 99 (Hamburg and St. Polten). The Hamburg final was epic and Marcelo showed some spartan skills in that match (one of his big weaknesses in his carrer), too bad after that Mariano beat him every single time they played, the Sydney Olympic 2000 was a pathetic choke from Marcelo, i remember also two close encounters in 2002, at Vińa and Baires, the 1st with some idiotic chilean fans throwing chairs to Mariano again after he beat Marcelo and the 2nd with all the people at the BALTC cheering for Zabala :sad:

I was there in the pathetic DC chairs match, i won't talk anything about it, cause it's stupid to remember that. After all i liked Mariano. :wavey: Nico had very good close matches with Zabala, the Vińa's 05 match vs Gonzo was epic.

Action Jackson
05-06-2010, 03:22 AM
That match he had against Rios in Hamburg, he had short hair then hehe.

Thanks for the stats work Voo.

Jelena
05-07-2010, 05:58 PM
Thanks Voo for the stats, great as always.

:wavey: Mariano!

shotgun
05-10-2010, 03:22 AM
Negro :wavey:

His career could have been a bit better IMO considering his talent, but still some fine moments there.

His style has influenced many of the younger Argentine players - Monaco, Schwank, Machi Gonzalez...

martine2
05-10-2010, 10:41 AM
:hatoff: again for the excellent tribute!!!

Nathaliia
05-10-2010, 03:07 PM
Negro :wavey:

His career could have been a bit better IMO considering his talent, but still some fine moments there.

His style has influenced many of the younger Argentine players - Monaco, Schwank, Machi Gonzalez...
Machi has been also influenced by his hair.

Great stuff Voo :yeah: