Víctor Pecci

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Víctor Pecci
Víctor Pecci 1975.jpg
Country  Paraguay
Residence Asunción, Paraguay
Born (1955-10-15) 15 October 1955 (age 59)
Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 1976
Retired 1990
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $994,408
Singles
Career record 358–243
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 9 (21 April 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1980)
French Open F (1979)
Wimbledon 3R (1990, 1980)
US Open 3R (1979)
Doubles
Career record 194–170
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 13 (9 April 1979)
Victor Pecci on a 1988 Portuguese stamp

Víctor Pecci (born October 15, 1955) is a former professional Paraguayan tennis player. Pecci was born in Asunción.

Pecci was ranked as high as World No. 9 in singles in 1980 and World No. 31 in doubles in 1984. Pecci is famous for reaching the 1979 French Open final. Pecci beat Guillermo Vilas 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3 in the semifinals, but lost to 3-time champion Björn Borg in the final, 6–3, 6–1, 6–7(6), 6–4. He was also runner-up in Rome in 1981 and won the French Open boys' singles in 1973.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1979 French Open Clay Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 1–6, 7–6(6), 4–6

Singles titles (10)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay France Éric Deblicker 7–5, 7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 1976 Berlin, Germany Hard West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann 6–1, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1977 Munich, Germany Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 1–6, 1–6, 7–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 1978 Bogotá, Colombia Clay West Germany Rolf Gehring 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1978 Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 1979 Nice, France Clay Australia John Alexander 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 1979 French Open, Paris Clay Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1979 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States John McEnroe 7–6, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 1979 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 6–7
Winner 5. 1979 Quito, Ecuador Clay Spain José Higueras 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 6. 1979 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr. 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 1980 Quito, Ecuador Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 4–6, 6–1, 8–10
Winner 7. 1980 Santiago, Chile Clay France Christophe Freyss 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 8. 1981 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Spain José Higueras 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 9. 1981 Mar del Plata, Argentina Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–2, 3–6, 1–2, RET.
Winner 9. 1981 Bournemouth, England Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1981 Rome, Italy Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 3–6, 4–6, 0–6
Winner 10. 1983 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Chile Jaime Fillol 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1984 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain José Higueras 5–7, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 1985 Nice, France Clay France Henri Leconte 4–6, 4–6

Doubles titles (12)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1976 North Conway, U.S. Clay Argentina Ricardo Cano United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 1976 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet Argentina Lito Álvarez Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 1978 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet Spain José Higueras Poland Wojtek Fibak
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Antonio Muñoz Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1978 Rome, Italy Clay Chile Belus Prajoux Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 1978 Louisville, U.S. Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Victor Amaya
Australia John James
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 5. 1978 Boston, U.S. Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
United States Van Winitsky
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 6. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Hungary Balázs Taróczy South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1978 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Chile Hans Gildemeister Chile Álvaro Fillol
Chile Jaime Fillol
4–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 1978 Santiago, Chile Clay Chile Hans Gildemeister Chile Álvaro Fillol
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Romania Ilie Năstase
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Italy Gianni Ocleppo
Ecuador Ricardo Ycaza
2–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 1981 Bournemouth, England Clay Argentina Ricardo Cano United Kingdom Buster Mottram
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 1983 Florence, Italy Clay Paraguay Francisco González France Dominique Bedel
France Bernard Fritz
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 10. 1983 Rome, Italy Clay Paraguay Francisco González Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
United States Mike Leach
6–2, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 11. 1983 Venice, Italy Clay Paraguay Francisco González United States Steve Krulevitz
Hungary Zoltan Kuharszky
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 1984 Barcelona, Spain Clay Argentina Martín Jaite Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 0–6
Winner 12. 1985 Washington, D.C. Clay Chile Hans Gildemeister Australia David Graham
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 1–6, 6–4

References[edit]


Awards
Preceded by
John McEnroe
ATP Most Improved Player
1979
Succeeded by
not awarded, 1980
Ivan Lendl, 1981