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The statistical tribute to Gustavo Kuerten (1993-2008)

Voo de Mar
05-25-2008, 04:06 PM
:worship:

Today the last singles match in professional career played Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten; crowd favourite, one of the best tennis players in the last two decades, former No. 1, three-time Grand Slam champion, participant in 7 out of 9 possible Masters Series finals :worship:
He will finish 32 years this year but actually his career was finished when he was 28, after US Open 2004 where he lost to K.Pless in four sets. Since then, he has been struggling with injuries and was playing occasionally - only 20 ATP tournaments in the last 4 years - fewer than statistical player from Top 50 plays within one season :sad:
My second all-time fave, I have been loving him since Roland Garros 1997... so this is rather sad day for me, I was crying after todays match, I haven't done this for 2 or 3 years... :sad: :sad:

Guga with fist pump at the Roland Garros 2000

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112133&d=1172176387

Win/loss
Career Singles (Tour Level Only): 358 - 195 (.647)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only): 108 - 95 (.534)

Career Singles (Incl. Futures, Challengers and Satellites): 449 - 257 (.635)
Career Doubles (Incl. Futures, Challengers and Satellites): 179 - 159 (.531)

Number of tournaments he has played:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 199
- Challengers: 38
- Satellites: 8
- Futures: 0

CAREER TITLES in singles: (20 ATP + 2 Challengers)
96 - Campinas (Challenger)
97 - ROLAND GARROS (20) & Curitiba
98 - Stuttgart-outdoor (51), Mallorca (57)
99 - Monte Carlo (69), Rome (72)
00 - Santiago (89), Hamburg (95), ROLAND GARROS (96), Indianapolis (100), Lisbon-Masters (108)
01 - Buenos Aires (110), Acapulco (111), Monte Carlo (114), ROLAND GARROS (117), Stuttgart-outdoor (118), Cincinnati (121)
02 - Costa Do Sauipe (141)
03 - Auckland (145), St. Petersburg (164)
04 - Costa Do Sauipe (169)

Finalist: 9 ATP + 3 Challengers

The best GS result in singles:
Roland Garros (winner 1997, 2000, 2001; quarterfinalist 1999, 2004)
Wimbledon (quarterfinalist 1999)
US Open (quarterfinalist 1999, 2001)
The best MS results in singles:
Indian Wells (finalist 2003; semifinalist 1999)
Key Biscayne / Miami (finalist 2000; quarterfinalist 1998)
Monte Carlo (winner 1999, 01)
Hamburg (winner 2000; quarterfinalist 1998, 99, 02)
Rome (winner 1999; finalist 2000, 01; semifinalist 1998)
Montreal (finalist 1997)
Cincinnati (winner 2001; semifinalist 2000; quarterfinalist 1997, 99)
Paris (semifinalist 2000)
* Three times played in Masters Cup (1999-01... winner 2000)

CAREER TITLES in doubles: (8 ATP + 3 Challengers)
96 - Santiago (F.Meligeni) & Punta Del Este (J.Oncins), Bratislava (M.Charpentier), Campinas (F.Meligeni)
97 - Estoril, Bologna, Stuttgart-outdoor (F.Meligeni)
98 - Gstaad (F.Meligeni)
99 - Adelaide (N.Lapentti)
00 - Santiago (A.Prieto)
01 - Acapulco (D.Johnson)

Finalist: 2 ATP + 2 Challengers

The best GS result in doubles:
Australian Open (quarterfinal 1999 - N.Lapentti)
Roland Garros (quarterfinal 1998 - F.Meligeni)

Career High ATP Singles: 1 (04 Dec 2000)
Career High ATP Doubles: 38 (13 Oct 1997)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1993-2007):
670 - 371 - 188 - 88 - 14 - 23 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 37 - 16 - 40 - 291 - 1078 - 680.
* No. 1141 in the day of retirement.

Prize Money: $14,807,000

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 17-12 (.586)
Tie-breaks: 168-160 (.512)
"Tight matches": 67-43 (.609)
TB's in the deciding set: 21-16 (.567)
The longest winning match: 4 hours 43 minutes; S.Grosjean 6-2 6-7 7-6 6-7 9-7 (Davis Cup 1999)
The longest losing match: 3 hours 47 minutes; R.Stepanek 7-5 3-6 5-7 6-4 3-6 (Australian Open 2003)
The longest winning tie-break: T.Henman 7-6(11) 4-6 6-7 (Cincinnati 2000)
The longest losing tie-break: C.Pioline 6-4 6-7 6-7(14) 6-7 (US Open 1999)
The most served aces: 47 - lost to D.Nestor in 5 sets (Davis Cup 2003)

The other tributes:

Felix Mantilla (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=120967&highlight=Statistical)
Davide Sanguinetti (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=119396&highlight=tribute)
Joachim Johansson (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=116965&highlight=johansson)
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)

Guga :wavey: I'll miss you

Lee
05-25-2008, 04:07 PM
Thanks Voo! :tears:

Voo de Mar
05-25-2008, 04:08 PM
The most interesting matches in Kuerten's career in my subjective view:

:o Davis Cup 1997: J.Courier 3-6 2-6 7-5 6-7(11)
- actually unknown Guga playing in front of the home crowd almost won two sets against former No. 1; match lasted 3 hours 40 minutes, Courier saved 2 setpoints in the tie-break; it was a decisive rubber and Brasil lost at home for the first time since 1987

:) Roland Garros 1997, 3rd round: T.Muster 6-7(3) 6-1 6-3 3-6 6-4
- Muster was leading 3:0 in the 5th set but Guga won for the first time in his career (main level) third match in a row and later... 4 another matches and first Grand Slam title!

:o Wimbledon 1998, 1st round: J.Stoltenberg 6-4 3-6 1-6 6-4 8-10
- Stoltenberg served 4 times to stay in the match (Guga at 6:5 was leading 30-0)... Guga lost his serve at 8:8 but in the next game had breakpoint after saving two match points... finally Stoltenberg won his 3rd MP

:) Davis Cup 1999: S.Grosjean 6-2 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 9-7
- it was Grosjean's debut in Davis Cup! The match playing on carpet court in Pau lasted 4 hours 43 minutes

:o US Open 1999, QF: C.Pioline 6-4 6-7(6) 6-7(14) 6-7(8)
- Guga had a comfortable leading 6-4 4:2 and lost his serve in the 8th game for the first and last time in this match! Pioline saved 3 set points in the second TB (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBT0Hsrz6Yw) (6:7, 10:11, 12:13) and 3 set points in the third TB (5:6, 6:7*, 7:8) and converted his first match point. The match lasted 3 hours 22 minutes. Guga said "Pioline is a genius" after this... At 9:9 in the 2nd tie-break Guga did something remarkable, after Pioline's spectacula passing-shot, the Brazilian went onto other side of the net to congratulate his opponent amazing stroke!
In 2002 Pioline along with Guga played his final ATP tournament, French-Brazilian duo reached final in Paris-Bercy

:o Miami 2000, F: P.Sampras 1-6 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-7(8)
- Sampras led 6-1, 5:3 (40-30)... in the tie-break of the fourth set Guga saved 6 match points (2:6, 6:7, 7:8) but lost 7th MP and with anger broke his racquet

:) Hamburg 2000, F: M.Safin 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
- 3 hours 51 minutes, Guga escaped from *5:6 (0-30) in the fifth set; earlier had advantage of break in the two losing sets

:) Roland Garros 2000, F: M.Norman 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6(6)
- "The best set I've ever seen in my life" - this way Boris Becker recounted 4th set of the final which lasted 96 (!) minutes and Guga needed 11 match points to win

:o Australian Open 2001, 2nd round: G.Rusedski 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-2 7-9
- extremely short five-setter (only 2 hours 44 minutes) in view of number of games; serving at 5:6 in the 5th set Rusedski saved match point; at 7:7 Guga moved to 40-0 but lost 5 points in a row

:) Indian Wells 2001, 2nd round: T.Dent 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2
- Guga was leading 6-4 5:1 without facing break point and lost the set after wasting 5 match points!

:) Roland Garros 2001, 4th round: M.Russell 3-6 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3 6-1
- Guga after the match: '"Maybe one of the greatest feelings in all my life was on the tennis court today''. Unkown Russell was leading on the Centre Court 6-3 6-4 5:2 and in the next service game, lost match point after 26 strokes! :crazy:

:) US Open 2001, 3rd round: M.Mirnyi 6-7(5) 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(3) 6-2
- night session on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and amazingly high level of play from both players throughout four sets (Kuerten hits 104 winners with only 13 unforced errors); Mirnyi was two points away from victory at 6:5* (30-30) in the 4th set

:) Costa Do Sauipe 2002, Final: G.Coria 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(2)
- 40 degrees, 3 hours 26 minutes, one match point saved by Guga in the third set

:o Davis Cup 2003: D.Nestor 7-6(7) 6-7(0) 3-6 7-6(7) 5-7
- the most aces in a match in combination - 82 (Guga 47, Nestor 35); Guga saved set point in both winning tie-breaks but lost triple break point at 3:3 in the fifth set

:) Paris 2003, 2nd round: M.Philippoussis 6-7(5) 7-6(11) 7-6(1)
- Guga saved 5 match points in the second tie-break... on the same court lost to Philippoussis semifinal two years earlier 6-7(5) 6-7(11)... there was so close - only two points - to lose against the same player on the same court after identical scoreline!

:) Vina del Mar 2004, QF: F.Volandri 6-1 2-6 7-6(4)
- in the third set Kuerten had been leading 5:0 (40-15) but later saved match point at 5:6

:) Roland Garris 2004, 1R: N.Almagro 7-5 7-6(2) 1-6 3-6 7-5
- another roller-coaster; Guga after easily losing sets No. 3 and 4, had comfortable advantage in the 5th - *4:0, but 18 year-old debutant from Spain, broke Guga's serve three times in a row and was serving for the match at 5:4 (30-15)!

:sad:

scoobs
05-25-2008, 04:08 PM
Thanks Voo

TMJordan
05-25-2008, 04:09 PM
:worship:

star
05-25-2008, 04:15 PM
:hatoff:

:wavey: Guga. :hug: I hope you will have a beautiful life and finally resolve the pain in your hip.

stebs
05-25-2008, 04:38 PM
Voo - :worship:

Kueten - :worship:

Thank you for this summary of such a great career. Wonderful.

safinalium
05-25-2008, 04:55 PM
Thank you so much for posting all this statistics. Guga :worship:

noctilux
05-25-2008, 05:37 PM
:) US Open 2001, 3rd round: M.Mirnyi 6-7(5) 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(3) 6-2
- night session on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and amazing high level of play from both players throughout four sets (Kuerten his 104 winners with only 13 unforced errors); Mirnyi was two points away from victory at 6:5* (30-30) in the 4th set

104 winners to 13 UEs?
I have to see that match! Sounds amazing.

alfonsojose
05-25-2008, 05:51 PM
Voo :hug:

Manon
05-25-2008, 05:55 PM
Voo > :worship:

Eden
05-25-2008, 06:02 PM
Excellent work Voo :hatoff: Thanks :)

bedfordfalls8000
05-25-2008, 06:16 PM
Thanks Voo...I never thought I could enjoy Guga's stats...but I really did....

arm
05-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Voo :worship:

Guga :worship:

Klaas_nalbandian
05-25-2008, 06:26 PM
Thanks real nice to see it all together

shotgun
05-25-2008, 09:26 PM
Thanks for this great tribute. :hatoff:

Davis Cup 1997: J.Courier 3-6 2-6 7-5 6-7(11)
- actually unknown Guga playing in front of the home crowd almost won two sets against former No. 1; match lasted 3 hours 40 minutes, Courier saved 2 setpoints in the tie-break; it was a decisive rubber and Brasil lost at home for the first time since 1987

I wasn't a big follower of tennis back then but I recall seeing him play for the first time that weekend, he won me over by putting up a respectable effort against Malivai Washington (also lost in four sets). :yeah:

:) US Open 2001, 3rd round: M.Mirnyi 6-7(5) 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(3) 6-2
- night session on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and amazingly high level of play from both players throughout four sets (Kuerten hits 104 winners with only 13 unforced errors); Mirnyi was two points away from victory at 6:5* (30-30) in the 4th set

Ironically, that was actually the start of his decline. If I'm not mistaken, this was the first match where he started feeling the pain in his hip.

justClaudia
05-25-2008, 09:44 PM
thanks, Voo. great job, as always.

it's just so great to see it all together - wonderful career he had :hatoff:

GonzoFan
05-25-2008, 09:55 PM
Thanks Voo :worship: :hug:

Guga :worship: :worship: :worship:

Matt01
05-25-2008, 10:05 PM
Thanks.

Guga :worship: :sad:

Viken01
05-25-2008, 10:43 PM
Thanks for your great work Voo. This is a really sad day for tennis :sad:

Kitty de Sade
05-25-2008, 11:46 PM
Very lovely Voo, thank you as always. :hatoff:

ycpg
05-25-2008, 11:58 PM
Voo :smooch:

GuGa:worship::bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

Bug
05-26-2008, 12:19 AM
Thanks Guga..

I'll never forget you and what you do for this country... :worship::worship:

Best of luck to you!! :wavey:

DeuX.cl
05-26-2008, 12:38 AM
such amazing stats. thanks Guga! and thanks Voo

Shabazza
05-26-2008, 01:14 AM
Voo you rock! Thanks for bringing back some nice (and not so nice ;)) memories.

Bad Religion
05-26-2008, 02:15 AM
The greatest south american player ever

:worship: Muito Obrigado GUGA :worship:

ChinoRios4Ever
05-26-2008, 05:11 AM
thanks both legends

Voo & Guga :worship:

maybe you missed the matches vs Sampras and Agassi in the TMC Lisbon 2000, that was amazing

and the match vs Volandri in Viña 2004 was pure comedy :lol: :crazy: :silly: but funny to watch

Voo de Mar
05-26-2008, 11:51 AM
I wasn't a big follower of tennis back then but I recall seeing him play for the first time that weekend, he won me over by putting up a respectable effort against Malivai Washington (also lost in four sets). :yeah:



Lost this match 6-3 6-7(6) 6-7(3) 3-6.

I saw Guga for the first time in the match against Courier (actually 4th set of this match), I remember that he impressed me but I was also surprising with his motor tics - I saw something like this for the first time in a tennis player. A couple months later at Roland Garros he hadn't those head tics so visible.

Hagar
05-26-2008, 12:51 PM
The most memorable matches for me are the one against M. Russell where Guga did an amazing Houdini. And the way he dismantled Fed in 2004 in Paris was a classic.

Nastasie
05-26-2008, 01:51 PM
Hello all,
(Long time lurker, finally decided to post because I've been following Guga since 1997 and, well, he's my favourite player and I'm going to miss him!)

Thanks for putting all this together.

I found this on Wiki, and I thought it was pretty awesome. I already knew how impressive his 2001 Cincinnati campaign was, but it's nice to see it in numbers:

"Kuerten later described this as his best-played tournament, given how many difficult opponents he had to defeat en route to the title. One statistic supports this position: The average ranking of his opponents was 13.16 which was the best of any of his Grand Slam or Masters Series title wins. It's also the best for any Cincinnati champion since the ATP world rankings began in 1973. (The second- and third-best average opponent rankings in Cincinnati were Andre Agassi's 18.16 in 2004, and Patrick Rafter's 18.80 in 1998, although in 1998, Rafter only had to play 5 matches.)"

DhammaTiger
05-26-2008, 01:54 PM
Guga I will miss you :hug: Good luck with your life.

Action Jackson
05-26-2008, 01:57 PM
Quality work.

osalsyst
05-26-2008, 02:07 PM
Even though he lost it, my favorite Guga match was his loss to Pioline at the 99 US Open. I was 11 and it was the first time I really watched pro tennis seriously. (I was all about Todd Martin at that time.) My favorite part was when Guga went over to Pioline's side to help him up. Those tiebreaks were unbelievable!!!

It's a shame what became of Guga. You have to believe that he would've had a ton more success if his body held together.

Great job as always Voo!