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The statistical tribute to Guillermo Canas (1994-2009)

Voo de Mar
03-25-2010, 11:13 AM
The Argentinian grinder, one of the biggest fighters in the 00's. A huge choker in the early days on the main level, later (2001) transformed somehow into a rather mentally strong player. A defensive baseliner but with good results on all surfaces. Intriguing career with a few doping suspicions and many ups-and-downs, actually a comeback king, three times advanced within a year from Top 200 to the Top 20, the last time with two impressive wins over Federer (Indian Wells and Miami 2007) who was almost invincible those days! Before beating Federer in back to back tournaments, had won 23 matches in a row - 20 in Challengers + 3 in qualies to Zagreb). Definitely will be also remembered for his amazing triumph in Toronto 2002 where overcame four potential Nos. 1.

Canas at the US Open 2007 with his typical haircut for the beginning and the end of career (in years 2000-2006 had short hair).

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=135992&d=1201217745

Win/loss
Career Singles (Tour Level Only): 252 - 195 (.563)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only): 61 - 82 (.426)

Career Singles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 434 - 287 (.601)
Career Doubles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 137 - 142 (.491)

Number of tournaments played in singles:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 195
- Challengers: 75
- Satellites: 7

CAREER TITLES in singles: (7 ATP + 11 Challengers + 1 Satellite)
95 - Argentina
96 - Santiago
97 - Santa Cruz, Santiago
98 - Espinho, Florianapolis
01 - Casablanca (60)
02 - Chennai (78), Toronto (97)
04 - Stuttgart Outdoor (122), Umag (123), Shanghai (125), New Caledonia
06 - Belem, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Asuncion
07 - Costa Do Sauipe (142), Sao Paulo

Finalist: 9 ATP + 4 Challengers

The best results in Grand Slam:
Roland Garros (quarterfinalist 2002, 2005, 2007)
The best results in Masters Series:
Indian Wells (semifinalist 2005)
Miami (finalist 2007)
Toronto (winner 2002)
Paris (semifinalist 2004)

CAREER TITLES in doubles (2 ATP + 5 Challengers):
98 - Buenos Aires (M.Garcia)
99 - Boston, Buenos Aires (M.Garcia), Barletta (J.Sanchez)
00 - Costarica (A.Garcia)
01 - Stuttgart Outdoor (R.Schuettler)
08 - Dnepropetrovsk (D.Tursunov)

Finalist: 2 Challengers

# A member of Argentinian winning team at 'World Team Cup' in 2002 (3-1 in singles)

Career High Singles: 8 (06 Jun 2005)
Career High Doubles: 47 (15 Jul 2002)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1994-2009):
557 - 365 - 183 - 129 - 95 - 70 ; 231 - 15 - 15 - 272 - 12 - 102 - 143 - 15 - 79 - 191.

Prize Money: $5,285,575

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 12-11 (.521)
Tie-breaks: 123-115 (.516)
TB's in the deciding set: 12-13 (.480)
The longest winning match: 5 hours 4 minutes; Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 7-6 2-6 6-7 8-6 (Roland Garros 2005)
The longest losing match: 4 hours 12 minutes; Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 7-6 2-6 3-6 3-6 (Roland Garros 2001)
The longest winning tie-break: 15-13 twice - G.Stafford (Toronto 1998) & L.Hewitt (Roland Garros 2002)
The longest losing tie-break:
9-11 three times - F.Mantilla (Boston '99), R.Delgado (Australian Open '02) & A.Seppi (Hamburg '05)
The most served aces: 21 - defeated D.Kindlmann in five sets (Australian Open 2009)


The other tributes:

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)

Willy :wavey:

Voo de Mar
03-25-2010, 11:18 AM
The most interesting matches in Canas' career in my subjective view:

:o Santiago 1998, 1R: M.Rodriguez 6-3 3-6 6-7(7)

Canas wasted 9 match points, three at 5:4, four at 6:5 and another two in the tie-break!

:o Davis Cup 1999, Caracas: M.Ruah 6-3 6-3 6-7(3) 3-6 3-6

One of the biggest chokes in history! Canas led 5:0 (30-15) on serve in the third set! Fortunately for him the choke without serious consequences - Argentina beat Venezuela 4-1

:) Roland Garros 2002, 4R: L.Hewitt 6-7(1) 7-6(13) 6-4 6-3

Suzanne Lenglen court. A year earlier on the same court Canas lost to Hewitt in 5 sets after more than 4 hours, in 2002 took a revenge after 4 hours 13 minutes and one of the most amazing sets I've ever seen - Canas led 5:2* (40-0) in the 2nd set, Hewitt saved also setpoints at 3:5 and 4:5 to lead *6:4 in the tie-break, Canas saved double setpoint, another 3 sp's and won on his 10th setpoint a 94-minute set, third longest tie-break in the history of Roland Garros in terms of points. In the fourth set Canas won 6 straight games from a 0:3 deficit... Hewitt also lost to Canas a (12-14) tie-break in Delray Beach 1999 (6-7 6-2 6-4), and there are the two longest tie-breaks in Hewitt's career.

:o Roland Garros 2002, QF: A.Costa 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) 4-6 0-6

Canas played three times QF in Paris and at his first attempt in 2002 was the closest to reach the semifinal, led *4:2 (30-15) in the fourth set but paid a price for marathons in the previous rounds (more than 4 hrs against Moya in 3R), losing 10 games in a row to the eventual champion Costa

:o Wimbledon 2002, 2R: F.Lopez 6-4 6-2 6-7(7) 5-7 8-10

Willy led 4:2 in the third set and lost his serve for the first time in the match, later at 6:5 had double match point, third mp at advantage, another match points in the tie-break, 6:4* & 7:6. Served double fault at 8:9 in the 5th set at Lopez's first match point!

:) Australian Open 2004, 3R: T.Henman 6-7(5) 5-7 7-6(3) 7-5 9-7

Amazingly tight, almost 5 hours match, where almost every set could have gone other way. Henman was leading 4:1* (30-15) in the final set and 6:5 (30-0). In the 16th game Henman saved two match points and was one point away from breaking Canas' serve to level at 8:8! Canas had lost to Henman their first encounter in Toronto '98 despite 6-3 5:2 lead but won next 6 meetings, that match in Melbourne was 4th in that streak

:) Roland Garros 2005, 3R: PH.Mathieu 6-3 7-6(4) 2-6 6-7(5) 8-6

Another thriller on SL court. The match suspended at 2:2 in the third set. Another day Canas led 5:2 in the tie-break, only to find himself at 4:5 (15-40) in the fifth set on Mathieu's serve!

:) Miami 2007, 4R: R.Federer 7-6(2) 2-6 7-6(5)

Canas saved 4 breakpoints at 0:2 in the third set and mini-mp at 5:5. Two weeks earlier Canas beat Federer (7-5 6-2) in Indian Wells ending 4th best streak in history of Federer's 41 consecutive matches won! Federer that time had 47-2 record where two defeats came from Canas' hands. Canas in that period had impressive record in tie-breaks, 14-1. In the attachement their shakehand after the match in Indian Wells.

n8
03-25-2010, 11:21 AM
Very interesting career. Amazing runs at two Masters Series, Toronto 2002 (d. Federer, Srichaphan, Kafelnikov, Safin, Haas, Roddick) and Miami 2007 (d. Henman, Ferrero, Gasquet, Federer, Robredo, Ljubicic l. Djokovic).

Thanks for the tribute!

NyGeL
03-25-2010, 07:28 PM
Thank you Voo! Cañas deserved a thread like this.

He made many chokes during his career, specially becouse his serve was awful until 2006's comeback, where he improved it a lot!

bjurra
03-25-2010, 07:44 PM
Thanks Voo, as always an interesting read!

May I suggest one improvement: Have different headlines for ATP titles and Challenger titles. After all, there is a pretty big difference in importance and for tournaments played in >10 years ago, it is not always obvious which is which.

bjurra
03-25-2010, 07:57 PM
Voo, how do you know all these details from matches played 15 years ago? Do you have your own database or notebook?

Voo de Mar
03-25-2010, 08:01 PM
Thanks Voo, as always an interesting read!

May I suggest one improvement: Have different headlines for ATP titles and Challenger titles. After all, there is a pretty big difference in importance and for tournaments played in >10 years ago, it is not always obvious which is which.

:confused: Challengers are always blue in these threads.

Voo, how do you know all these details from matches played 15 years ago? Do you have your own database or notebook?

Yes, I keep database for the most significant players in my opinion.

Voo de Mar
03-25-2010, 08:07 PM
Yes, I keep database for the most significant players in my opinion.

Also for the best players in the 80's and 90's.

martine2
03-25-2010, 08:16 PM
Thanks so much for this tribute, Voo :hug: :hug: Great work as always!
Willy being my fav player, I guess you know how much this is appreciated ;)

TennisOnWood
03-25-2010, 09:14 PM
I was thinking someone will make thread like this

Thanks so much

guga2120
03-25-2010, 09:21 PM
His win in Toronto, in 2002, was very impressive.

It was also great to watch him beat Federer, back to back in 2007.

Montego
03-25-2010, 09:25 PM
I always respected Canas for his fighting skills and felt sorry for him for his doping accusations (as far as I know he was cleared from them after serving a suspension, am I right ?).

I saw him live in Warsaw versus Fognini and it was such an frustrating match for him :o. So many errors and mishits, pity I saw one of his worst performances. But I almost got his broken racket (he broke two during that match) - when going off the court after defeat he threw his broken racket to the public in my direction and I missed it by inches :mad: A guy next to me caught it.

tennishero
03-25-2010, 09:54 PM
thanks voo, nice stats.
one of the best fighters on tour back in the day, almost nadalesque.

Denaon
03-25-2010, 10:15 PM
Great tribute Voo :smooch:
Thanks :worship:

Ububub
03-25-2010, 10:29 PM
My first experience with Guillermo Canas was his facing Federer at 2007 IW, just off the suspension. I had purchased The Tennis Channel for the expressed purpose of watching Roger break the all-time record for consecutive matches won by winning the tournament he had won the three previous years. And we all know how that turned out.

Miami rolled around and I thought it couldn't happen again. And we all know how that turned out.

The Tennis Channel lasted less than a month in my house.

ExcaliburII
03-25-2010, 10:52 PM
Willy Canas biggest fighter on tour, I remember him telling that after his defeat vs Ruah, he couldnt sleep for 3 days or so :lol:

My biggest idol inside and outside a tennis court :worship:

FiBeR
03-26-2010, 01:09 AM
Voo, how about Roland Garros 2004 when he pushed Gaudio to 5 sets in first round? :) that was a nice match too

ChinoRios4Ever
03-26-2010, 03:53 AM
amazing southamerican fighter :worship:

KarlyM
03-26-2010, 05:10 AM
Good luck with the coaching career, Willy. :yeah:

VolandriFan
03-26-2010, 05:17 AM
Thanks for putting this together.

He'll be missed!

Aquarianbabe
03-26-2010, 06:37 AM
Thanks Voo for the thread. I am sure he will succeed in whatever he does as he seems to be very determined and level headed person. I just glad he is happy and healty. Shame about all his wrist injuries though as I feel this has contributed to have his serving problems.

I wouldn't mind seeing him as a future DC Captain or some kind of role for the Argie team.

Forehander
03-26-2010, 08:13 AM
1994-2009: Doper

federersforehand
03-26-2010, 10:30 AM
no offence but i HATED this guy, he was a piss ass pusher who doped in his spare time, did nothing of value to tennis and then promptly dissapeared.

bye.

A_Skywalker
03-26-2010, 11:32 AM
1994-2009: Doper

Better than the "talented" boy in your avvie.

bokehlicious
03-26-2010, 11:43 AM
no offence but i HATED this guy, he was a piss ass pusher who doped in his spare time, did nothing of value to tennis and then promptly dissapeared.

bye.

This.

fabolous
03-26-2010, 12:02 PM
lol at the bitter fedfans who can't cope with canas defeating him thrice :)

Nathaliia
03-26-2010, 12:06 PM
I didn't know Fedtardism could achieve such levels. At this moment it's just like endless stick hammering into a dead vampire's heart.

He was my first Argie player that I liked, together with Zabaleta. But at the end of his career, I'll always remember him as the person who made TMJordan super rich. Jordan had large bets on Canas against Federer in both Indian Wells and Miami.

Johnny Groove
03-26-2010, 03:38 PM
Fedfans showing their usual humility.

As for Canas, a solid career for him, and it was time to go. Wonder how well he will coach.

Forehander
03-26-2010, 04:49 PM
no offence but i HATED this guy, he was a piss ass pusher who doped in his spare time, did nothing of value to tennis and then promptly dissapeared.

bye.

You shouldn't have said that. It's a very cruel thing to say. Now they think I'm a huge Fedtard. It's all your fault :mad:

bjurra
03-26-2010, 06:17 PM
I attended the Barcelona tournament in 2005 and watched Canas - Stepanek on court 2. Canas was in great form coming into the match and was a big favourite but Radek was on fire and won 67 76 76 after 3 hours 25 minutes.

Both players were pumped up like crazy and Radek at one point started imitating Canas grunts, while hitting soft backhand slices. Memorable stuff.

Voo de Mar
03-26-2010, 10:28 PM
^ These two more than 4 hour matches cost him too much, couldn't play another 4 hours against Costa. I think it's not only a matter of time spending on the court but also the intesity of Canas' gamestyle. He was running from corner to corner, four meters behind the baseline with many stretches almost splits.

Boris Franz Ecker
03-27-2010, 12:17 AM
after his comeback until his loss at the french open.. he was really world class.

short period.

Sjengster
03-27-2010, 12:46 AM
^ These two more than 4 hour matches cost him too much, couldn't play another 4 hours against Costa. I think it's not only a matter of time spending on the court but also the intesity of Canas' gamestyle. He was running from corner to corner, four meters behind the baseline with many stretches almost splits.

It is notable I think that he lost four times at RG in five sets from a winning position, two of them being QFs in 02 and 05, and of course lost the last 10 games of the match against the eventual champion Costa. That said, the best of five format seemed to suit him a lot more than best of three during the clay season, he never even made a QF at any of the clay Masters while he twice put together incredible winning runs at North American hardcourt events. Hard to imagine him being able to beat as many top quality opponents in a row on clay as he did in Toronto 02 and Miami 07.

shotgun
03-27-2010, 01:37 AM
I attended the Barcelona tournament in 2005 and watched Canas - Stepanek on court 2. Canas was in great form coming into the match and was a big favourite but Radek was on fire and won 67 76 76 after 3 hours 25 minutes.

Both players were pumped up like crazy and Radek at one point started imitating Canas grunts, while hitting soft backhand slices. Memorable stuff.

I remember that match. Canas was very bitter afterwards and said Stepanek was an idiot. That was one of the aspects of his personality I didn't like, for someone known as an all-around nice guy, he said some pretty nasty things about fellow players (also Berlocq, Massu...).

But despite not being the most talented, he had heart and some of his matches were pretty memorable. He was also the king of career comebacks (I think he had about three huge ones, the last one being after the doping suspension in 2006).

Enjoy Incubus
03-27-2010, 01:42 AM
Gracias Willy Cañas!!!!!!! Por todo lo que nos diste estos años.

octatennis
03-27-2010, 02:10 AM
Cañas Capo!!

Action Jackson
04-01-2010, 12:23 AM
Cañas and Henman at the AO that was a brilliant match, very packed crowd full of Brits and watching them cry when Cañas hit that forehand down the line pass on match point great to see.

ExcaliburII
04-01-2010, 12:55 AM
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Harmless
04-01-2010, 01:47 AM
Sorry for being a bit late :o, but thanks for the thread, Voo. Willy was one of my favourites since I started following tennis and it's great reading your outline of his career like this. :)
Your stats are always very interesting to read through.


To contribute a little, this is my favourite photo of him, I read it as a photo that symbolically shows the strength and determination of his character at his best - the strong colours, the light and shade, the high contrast, the scar right under the lightest spot on the left hand, the tattoo right above the darkest spot on the right hand, the darkness and slickness of the hair, the half automatic action of the fingers... It's a wonderful photo.
A character like his will definitely be missed on the tour.

http://i44.tinypic.com/23tshu8.jpg