Nicolás Lapentti

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Lapentti and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.
Nicolás Lapentti
N Lapentti 2009 Davis Cup 1.jpg
Country  Ecuador
Residence Miami, Florida
Born (1976-08-13) 13 August 1976 (age 38)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro 1995
Retired 18 January 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $6,148,511
Singles
Career record 317–287 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 6 (22 November 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1999)
French Open 4R (2000)
Wimbledon QF (2002)
US Open 3R (2001)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1999)
Olympic Games 1R (1996, 2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 153–159 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 32 (10 May 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1999, 2001, 2003)
French Open QF (1998)
Wimbledon 3R (2003)
US Open 3R (2003)
Team competitions
Davis Cup 1R (2001, 2010)

Nicolás Alexander Lapentti Gómez (born 13 August 1976 in Guayaquil) is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador. He is Andrés Gómez's nephew.

Beginnings[edit]

Lapentti began playing tennis at the age of six.

He first came to the tennis world's attention an outstanding junior player who won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994, when he also captured the junior doubles titles at the French Open (partnering with Gustavo Kuerten) and the US Open.

Professional[edit]

Lapentti turned professional in 1995 and won his first top-level singles title later that year at Bogotá.

In 1999, Lapentti was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open. He also won two tour singles titles that year and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 that November.

In 2002, Lapentti won his fifth tour singles title at St Pölten, beating Fernando Vicente in straight sets in the final. In the second round of that tournament, his rival, Irakli Labadze, faced four match points but was not able to convert any of them. Lapentti finally won that tough match 5–7, 7–6(1), 7–6(6).

His brother, Giovanni, is also a professional tennis player, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 110 in May 2005. In addition, another brother, Leonardo, has been active at the lower levels of professional tennis.

In the Cincinnati Open 2008, Lapentti defeated David Ferrer in second round, Fernando Verdasco in the third round and faced No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals where he lost in straight sets. With that victory over Lapentti, Nadal clinched the World No. 1 ranking for the first time.

In his last participation in a Grand Slam, he unfortunately had to retire against Novak Djokovic in the first round of the 2009 French Open.

Davis Cup[edit]

He has also been a member of the Ecuador Davis Cup team since 1993. Representing his country in Davis Cup since he was 17, and won the deciding rubber against Great Britain (July 2000) to put Ecuador in the World Group. Moreover, he owns the Davis Cup record for most matches won in five sets, with a total of 13 victories.

Personal[edit]

Set up the Nicolás Lapentti Foundation in late 2000 to help bring tennis to the underprivileged, and develop future champions. Other interests include soccer and reading Robert Ludlum books.

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (5–7)[edit]

Wins (5)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (2)
ATP Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 11 September 1995 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Miguel Tobón 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
2. 16 August 1999 Indianapolis, United States Hard United States Vincent Spadea 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
3. 18 October 1999 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2
4. 23 July 2001 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Albert Costa 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
5. 20 May 2002 St. Pölten, Austria Clay Spain Fernando Vicente 7–5, 6–4
Runners-up (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 9 September 1996 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Austria Thomas Muster 7–6(6), 2–6, 3–6
2. 27 October 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Spain Francisco Clavet 3–6, 3–6
3. 5 July 1999 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Spain Albert Costa 6–7(4), 3–6, 4–6
4. 9 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 4–6, 6–3, 1–6
5. 11 February 2002 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Chile Fernando González 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–7(4)
6. 7 July 2003 Båstad, Sweden Clay Argentina Mariano Zabaleta 3–6, 4–6
7. 25 September 2006 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 7–5, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (3–4)[edit]

Wins (3)

1997—Amsterdam, Mexico City; 1999—Adelaide

Runner-ups (4)

1996—Bogotá; 1997—Santiago; 1999—Prague; 2004—Viña del Mar

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R A 2R SF 2R 2R 4R 3R 2R A A 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 11 15–11
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 14 12–14
Wimbledon A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A QF 2R A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 10 8–10
US Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 2–3 1–4 8–4 5–4 4–3 7–4 6–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–4 2–3 1–4 0–2 0 / 47 42–47
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A A RR A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 3R A SF QF 1R 1R 3R A A A LQ 3R A 0 / 8 12–8
Miami A A A 1R 2R 1R 3R QF 3R QF 4R 2R 2R 1R A LQ LQ 2R 0 / 12 14–12
Monte Carlo A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 2R 3R A 0 / 8 4–8
Rome A A A A A 2R QF 2R SF 1R 1R 1R A A A 2R LQ LQ 0 / 8 10–8
Hamburg A A A A A 2R SF 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R A A LQ A NM1 0 / 7 8–7
Canada A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 1R LQ A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A LQ QF LQ A 0 / 8 5–8
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 3R 2R 3R 3R A A A A LQ LQ A A 0 / 4 5–4
Paris A A A A A A SF 2R 3R 2R 2R A 1R A LQ LQ A A 0 / 6 7–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–6 16–7 8–9 15–9 7–9 3–8 4–4 1–3 0–1 0–0 5–4 4–2 1–1 0 / 66 67–66
Year End Ranking 326 632 109 121 63 90 7 24 23 29 57 122 95 67 109 86 97 447

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Awards
Preceded by
United States Andre Agassi
ATP Most Improved Player
1999
Succeeded by
Russia Marat Safin