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Sergi Bruguera - how do you recall him?

11-06-2005, 10:48 AM
I remember enjoying Sergi's play. He was one of my favourites and his claycourt abilities were one of the best in history.

Best ATP Tour Ranking: 3d (Agust 3, 1994)
Overall ATP Ranking : 6 years in the Top Ten

ATP Tour Titles:

1991 - Estoril, Montecarlo, Athens
1992 - Madrid, Gstaad, Palermo
1993 - Roland Garros, Montecarlo, Gstaad, Prague, Bordeaux
1994 - Roland Garros, Gstaad and Prague
2000 - Segovia

ATP Tour Finalist:

1990 - Gstaad, Geneva
1991 - Barcelona, Gstaad
1992 - Estoril, Bordeaux, Athens
1993 - Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Palermo
1994 - Dubai, Montecarlo, Madrid
1995 - Roma
1996 - Atlanta Olympic Games
1997 - Atp Tour Milan, Masters Series Key Biscayne, Grand Slam Roland Garros, Grand Prix Umag (Croatia)
1999 - Challenger Segovia
2000 - International Series San Marino

Best Grand Slam Results:

Winner Roland Garros 1993, 1994
Finalist Roland Garros 1995
Finalist Roland Garros 1997

Best Olympic Results:

Silver Medal in 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

Best Results in Masters:

Semifinalist in 1994
Winner Spanish Masters in 1995
Champion of Spain 1990
Member of the Spanish Davis Cup team in Individual and Doubles in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Awarded the Revelation Player of World ATP on 1990

Award "Come Back Of The Year" Player on 1997 and 2001

A fantastic career. How do you recall Sergi?

11-06-2005, 10:50 AM
And one more question: what happened to Sergi between 1994 and 2000, cause I can't remember that. He got his carrer high rank in 1994 and then....he hasn't won a title for 6 years.

Action Jackson
11-06-2005, 10:52 AM
And one more question: what happened to Sergi between 1994 and 2000, cause I can't remember that. He got his carrer high rank in 1994 and then....he hasn't won a title for 6 years.

Bad injuries, I have written about Sergi in the Older posters thread in GM, once I find the posts then I can put them here.

11-06-2005, 10:54 AM
Thanks GWH !!!

Action Jackson
11-06-2005, 10:58 AM
Thanks GWH !!!

If you are ever bored you can read this.

This has info about virtually all the old players and I will see what Bruguera stuff I can find.

11-06-2005, 07:23 PM
i remeber sergei very well _ a great clay court player _ & Roland Garros favorite until guga came on the scene
I saw him a year ago at a Delta championsship(Tv) with long hair
his injuries really crippled his career at the end

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 12:39 PM
Sergi Bruguera used to worship Jimmy Connors as a kid. He was a very tough player to beat on clay as his forehand was very very heavily topspun in the corners and it was at least head high when it got up, on the forehand return he could only block back because of his grip. His backhand wasn't as heavy, but he placed it very well in addition to having great court coverage and sense made him very difficult to beat.

It was because of him, they made the courts at RG a lot quicker, unlike Muster he didn't mind playing serve/volleyers witnessing his great Wimbledon win over Rafter in 94, there is no way he should have won that match. He was also competent on hardcourts, he made finals on the hardcourts, but wasn't able to win them.

Bruguera yes his forehand was unique, but the prototype will always be Kent Carlsson. I mean that is why Muster played so well against Bruguera as he had the practice against the prototype and couldn't beat him.

The funny thing is Bruguera actually beat Sampras on a hardcourt and he beat Rafter on grass at Wimbledon. He made the Miami final, but on the faster surfaces he used the block forehand return exclusively for the reasons you stated. The thing is Bruguera actually didn't mind playing serve/volleyers that was where he was different to Muster

That dreaded thing called injury really stunted his progress. I remember seeing the 96 RG when Sampras beat him in 5 sets. It was obvious that Sergi was lacking in confidence and he tore ankle ligaments at the end of 95 which put him behind schedule and he really needed his fitness to be at its best, as his game was very taxing.

He lost form in 98 and missed nearly all of 99 with shoulder problems, so these were the main reasons.

Don't forget Bruguera was # 4 for two years in a row before he finished at # 13 in 95 that and he had defended his RG crown, he beat Rafter on grass :haha: :haha: all in 94. It happens that not every player can have great years and Muster was the king of clay that year that is undisputed and I was very disappointed with his loss in the semis of RG to Chang.

He had injury problems at the start of the year and he missed 6 weeks of tennis after he defaulted in a match against Volkov so that robbed him of his fitness base which is needed for the clay season.

Sergi's forehand was much better as a winning shot, but Bruguera could great length on his two hander and was quite good at passing shots moreso than say Muster for an example. His serve was a heavy kicker which made sense and not always easy to attack.

Volleys he had some very good feel around the net and hit good drop volleys.

Bruguera wasn't just a claycourt specialist. I mean he had a 3-2 record over Sampras. He won the last match at Miami, and the one he lost on carpet he managed to lose 6-3 1-6 6-3, so he got a set off Pete on carpet, so he wasn't too bad.

I remember the ankle problems he had, it was at the Stuttgart indoor and he went the wrong way and you could see the pain in his face. So I wouldn't say the ankle one was down to technique.

11-08-2005, 06:05 PM
I wish I could have seen him. I am just glad he stopped Jim from winning a 3rd RG.