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Gusatvo Kuerten's farewell tour has begun. I've missed his presence on the tour over the last few years. He was one of my favorite players of the 90s.

What are your favorite memories of Guga's career?
 

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i've been interested in tennis since 2004 so I don't have many memories about him I found him quite impressive against Roger in RG third round. Wish I knew more about it he seems like a very interesting and nice player it's a bit sad that he's retiring
 

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The Masters Cup in 2000 at Lisbon was great, when in back to back days Guga fought back to down Sampras and then brushed aside Agassi, to win the title on a fast indoor hardcourt, and also clinch the year end no. 1 ranking.
 

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US Open 1999, tie-break of the third set against Pioline at 1-1 in the sets.
At 9:9 Kuerten played a backhand overhead and Pioline repiled with a forehand passing-shot falling down on the court. After the amazing rally Guga passed into Pioline's side and congratuleted his opponent that great shot. It was extraordinary, I had shivers. Unbelievable act of sportsmanship :)
 

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The sheer brilliance of Guga's backhand
 

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When I was watching Guga's final against Rios and my cat was giving birth to kittens on my knees :tape:.

And more Guga-related, when I could see him live in Sopot. He was given a WC and he retired against Coria, but he truly showed the magic :worship:. I'm so happy I could see the legend live.
 

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I don't call it my favourite memory moment of Guga, but it was the moment that burned itself the most in my memory....

In 2005 he played a 79 mins match against Hugo Armando in Stuttgart. After the match I saw him leaving the locker room. He was limping like a 70-years-old man. I know that many Guga-fans refused to hear that, but since then I thought (and prayed) that he retires as soon as possible. He wasn't 30 years old then and still has to live 40 more years with that hip.
 

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Not having gotten properly into tennis until '05 saddens me because of the Guga moments I've missed. Over the last 7 days I've been clicking as many photos, reading as many articles and watching as many Kuerten videos as possible and he has in this short time become one of my all-time favourites.
I still can't truthfully claim to have proper memories of Guga, the only mathces of his that I've seen a reasonable amount of are V- Sampras in Lisbon in 2000 and V- Coria in the Brasil Open in 2002. Some of his matches I will try to see are V- Hewitt in DC '01, V- Hewitt in Indian Wells '03, V- Federer at RG '04, V- Crojetta RG '01, V- Rafter in Cinci '01, V- Agassi in Lisbon '00, V- Calleri at Brasil Open '04 and perhaps a match in 2008 ;)

Guga :worship:
 

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He accomplished a lot, but my favorite Guga moment is still him accepting the trophy from Bjorn Borg after the '97 French Open final.
 

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Of course, drawing the heart in the clay at Roland Garros will always be a highlight for me, but also I remember him winning in Lisbon with his mother there, and pounding on his heart -- I always thought of him as "Coeur de Lion" after that. I also treasure the win against Max Mirnyi at the USO.

But, my private most favorite moment -- when there were no TV cameras around and not very many people either -- was a first round match at IW. It was the first time I saw Guga in person. He wasn't happy about the way he was playing, and all of a sudden, and quite shockingly for me, he raised his knee and broke his racket over his thigh. KERUNCH Broke it right in half. It was so unexpected. I had to look at the person next to me to be sure he had seen it too.

And then there was the late afternoon at the tournament when I was tired and I went high up in the empty stands and laid down on a riser and from the practice court below, I could hear Guga's moan/groan and the sound of him hitting the tennis ball. I just lay there perfectly relaxed and happy in the twilight listening to Guga. :)

Guga has given me more pure joy than anyone I have ever watched play.
 

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It has to be the final in 2001 of the French. The final in 1997 is very close though. He will be missed. He was so unique, and when he was in his prime was one of the greatest tennis players I have ever seen.

In 2000 when he beat Agassi and Sampras on a fast court to clinch #1 was not too bad either.:)
 
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