Alejandro Falla

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Alejandro Falla
Falla RG13 (10) (9358710399).jpg
Country  Colombia
Residence Bogotá, Colombia
Born (1983-11-14) 14 November 1983 (age 30)
Cali, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,358,408
Singles
Career record 103–148 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 48 (16 July 2012)
Current ranking No. 74 (21 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2010, 2012)
French Open 4R (2011)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 2R (2006, 2011)
Doubles
Career record 14–32 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 130 (3 August 2009)
Current ranking No. 348 (22 July 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2012, 2013)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2010)
US Open 1R (2010)
Last updated on: 6 January 2014.
Alejandro Falla
Medal record
Competitor for  Colombia
Men's Tennis
Central American and Caribbean Games
Silver 2002 San Salvador Men's Doubles
Bronze 2002 San Salvador Men's Team

Alejandro Falla Ramirez (born 14 November 1983 in Cali, Colombia) is a professional male tennis player from Colombia. The left-hander turned pro in 2000 and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 48 in July 2012. At the 2006 Wimbledon tournament, Falla upset 9th seed Nikolay Davydenko and at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open he beat 9th seed Tommy Haas in straight sets. He reached the semifinals of the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in 2007, beating players such as the 5th seed Ivan Ljubičić.

Career[edit]

The Colombian became the first player from his country to break into the top 100 of the ATP Rankings since Mauricio Hadad in 1996. In 2006, Alejandro qualified a career-high five times into the main draw of ATP tournaments. In his second tournament of the year, he reached the final of the Mexico City Challenger. He then went on to earn points for his country in a Davis Cup tie against Paraguay Davis Team. Then later in April, he won the Bogotá Challenger. At Roland Garros, he reached the second round after defeating Justin Gimelstob, though he lost to Roger Federer in the second round. A few weeks later at Wimbledon, he managed to beat Nikolay Davydenko in a four-set thriller. His victory over Davydenko was his first win over a top-10 player, and a first ever for a Colombian player. However, he was then defeated in the second round by Philipp Kohlschreiber in another four-set match. He then reached the second round in the US Open. In the first round, he beat Juan Martín del Potro in four sets, before being defeated by Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets.

Falla almost caused a sensation in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, winning the first two sets against defending champion Roger Federer and serving for the match at 5–4 in the fourth set (he was three points away from winning), before Federer eventually won 5–7, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–0.[1]

His best result in a Grand Slam was in 2011 at the French Open. Falla reached the fourth round, where he lost to the unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela.

In the 2014 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to become the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass-court tournament. He lost to six-time champion Roger Federer in the final.

Juniors[edit]

Alejandro Falla made it to the semi-finals in the 2001 French Open, giving a big inspiration to Colombian players aspiring to achieve strong results in junior open tennis.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open 1R SF
Wimbledon 2R 3R
US Open A 1R

Doubles[edit]

In junior doubles at the French Open, he and compatriot Carlos Salamanca defeated the German duo Markus Bayer and Philipp Petzschner, the first junior title won by Colombians in a Grand Slam.

Tournament 2000 2001
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open 1R W
Wimbledon 1R 1R
US Open A 2R

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 2001 French Open, Paris, Francia Clay Colombia Carlos Salamanca Germany Markus Bayer
Germany Philipp Petzschner
3-6, 7-5, 6-4

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 series (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 21 July 2013 Claro Open Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Hard Croatia Ivo Karlović 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 15 June 2014 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 13 February 2011 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard Belgium Xavier Malisse United States Scott Lipsky
United States Rajeev Ram
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]

Challengers and Futures career finals[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Challengers (11)
Futures (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 January 2003 El Salvador San Salvador Clay Chile Jorge Aguilar 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 May 2003 Colombia Pereira Clay Brazil Thiago Alves 7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. 13 October 2003 Colombia Bogotá Clay Austria Marco Mirnegg 7–5, 6–3
Runner–up 4. 2004 United States Waikoloa Clay Russia Dmitry Tursunov 7–5, 7–6
Winner 5. 8 March 2004 Colombia Bogotá Clay Chile Adrián García 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 6. 29 March 2004 Ecuador Salinas Hard Luxembourg Gilles Müller 6–7, 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 7. 06 July 2005 Spain Pozoblanco Hard Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 8. 15 July 2005 United States Binghamton Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Winner 9. 24 April 2006 Colombia Bogotá Clay Brazil André Sá 6–4, 6–2
Winner 10. 3 May 2009 Colombia Pereira Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 11. 20 September 2009 Colombia Cali Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–3, 6–4
Winner 12. 18 October 2009 France Rennes Hard France Thierry Ascione 6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 13. 5 April 2010 Colombia Bogotá Clay Brazil João Souza 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 14. 25 September 2011 Colombia Cali Clay Argentina Eduardo Schwank 6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 15. 31 October 2011 Colombia Medellín Clay Dominican Republic Víctor Estrella 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 16. 1 April 2012 Colombia Barranquilla Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–4, 6–1
Winner 17. 16 July 2012 Colombia Bogotá Clay Colombia Santiago Giraldo 7–5, 6–3
Winner 18. 4 January 2014 France Nouméa Hard (plexicushion) Canada Steven Diez 6–2, 6–2
Winner 19. 26 January 2014 Colombia Bucaramanga Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6–1

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2014 French Open.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A A LQ 2R A 3R 1R 3R 2R 2R 7–6
France French Open 2R A 2R 1R 2R Q1 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R 7–9
United Kingdom Wimbledon 2R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 5–10
United States US Open A Q1 2R Q2 LQ 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2–6
Win–Loss 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–2 2–3 0–2 3–4 4–4 4–4 1–3 1–4 21–31
Olympic Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 1R NH 0–1
Davis Cup Singles
Americas Zone Group I A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 5–4
World Group A A A A A A PO A A PO 0–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1-0 5–8
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
United States Indian Wells Masters A A A 2R A A 1R A 1R 1R 3R 3–5
United States Miami Masters A A A 3R A A 2R Q1 2R 3R 1R 6–5
Monaco Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Italy Rome Masters A A A A A A A A Q1 A 1R 0–1
Spain Madrid Masters A A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R Q1 Q1 1–4
Canada Canada Masters A A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A 1R 1–6
United States Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R A A 2R Q1 1R A 1R 1–4
China Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A A A 1R 1R 0–2
France Paris Masters A A A A A 1R A A 2R Q1 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–5 0–0 1–2 2–4 0–2 3–6 2–3 2–5 13–29
ATP World Tour 500 series
Mexico Acapulco A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Spain Barcelona A A A 1R A A 1R A 1R 1R A 0–4
United States Washington 2R 1R A 2R QF 2R 3R 1R A 1R 1R 7–9
Japan Tokyo A A A A A A 1R A 2R Q2 1–2
Switzerland Basel A A A A A A A A 1R A 0–1
Spain Valencia A A A 2R A 1R Q1 A A 2R 2–3
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–3 1–3 10–20
ATP World Tour 250 series
India Chennai A A A 1R A A A 2R A A A 1–2
Australia Brisbane A A A A 1R A 2R A 1R 2R A 2–4
New Zealand Auckland A A A A A A A A QF 2R A 3–2
France Montpellier A A 1R SF A A A NH A A A 3–2
United States San Jose A A A A A A A 1R A QF A 2–2
United States Delray Beach 1R A A 2R A A A QF 1R 1R 1R 3–6
Portugal Estoril A A A 1R A A 2R 2R A 2R A 3–4
Germany Munich A A A A A A A A 1R A 2R 0–1
France Nice Not Held A A 1R 1R A 0–2
Germany Halle A A A A A A 2R A A A F 5–2
United Kingdom London A A A 2R 1R A A A A A A 1–2
Netherlands Rosmalen A A A A A A QF 1R 2R A 1R 3–4
United States Newport A A A A A 1R 1R A A A A 0–2
Colombia Bogotá Not Held F 2R 5–2
United States Atlanta A 1R 2R 1R 2R A A A A 1R A 2–5
United States Winston-Salem A A A A A A A 1R 1R A 0–2
Thailand Bangkok A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Not Held A 1R A QF A 2–2
Sweden Stockholm A A A A A A A Q3 2R 1R 1–2
Austria Vienna A A A A A 1R 1R A A A 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–2 5–6 1–3 0–2 5–7 4–6 6–9 9–10 6–5 37–52
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2
Year-End Ranking 125 238 108 84 182 81 105 74 54 99

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

This table is current through the 2013 Australian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open 1R A 1R 1R A 0–3
France French Open 1R A 1R A 2R 1–3
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R A A A 1R 0–2
United States US Open 1R A A A 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–4 0–0 0–2 0–1 1-3 1–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheese, Caroline (21 June 2010). "Wimbledon 2010: Roger Federer survives massive scare". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 21 June 2010. 

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