Albert Portas

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Albert Portas
Albert Portas US Open.jpg
Country (sports)  Spain
Residence Barcelona, Spain
Born (1973-11-15) 15 November 1973 (age 43)
Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1994
Retired 2007
Plays Right-handed (2-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,972,441
Singles
Career record 142–198
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 19 (1 October 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2000, 2002)
French Open 3R (1997, 2000, 2002)
Wimbledon 3R (2000)
US Open 3R (2001)
Doubles
Career record 73–109
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 56 (14 April 2003)

Albert Portas Soy (Catalan: [əɫˈβɛr ˈpɔrtəs ˈsɔj], Spanish: [alˈβer ˈportas ˈsoi]; born 15 November 1973) is a Spanish former professional tennis player.

Career[edit]

Portas turned professional in 1994. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 19 in October 2001.

His only top-level singles title came at the 2001 Hamburg Masters, a tournament in which his mastery of the drop shot (key to his defeat of Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final) earned him the nickname "Drop Shot Dragon". According to the BBC, Lleyton Hewitt said of Portas that "He sure hits a lot of drop shots, but he hits them so well, as well as anyone I have faced.".[1] It is also very remarkable his final at Barcelona Open in 1997. En route to the final he won over Gustavo Kuerten (eventual champion this same year of French Open), Marcelo Rios, and Carlos Moya but lost at the final to Albert Costa. In 1999 Portas lost the final of San Marino defeated by his countryman Galo Blanco.

He coached WTA player Daniela Hantuchová from November 2008 to February 2009.[2]

ATP career finals: 8 (2–6)[edit]

Singles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by surface
Outdoors (1–3)
Indoors (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 April 1997 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Albert Costa 5–7, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 15 August 1999 San Marino, San Marino Clay Spain Galo Blanco 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 20 May 2001 Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4–6, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–5
Runner-up 3. 29 July 2001 Sopot, Poland Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 6–1, 5–7, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

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 (1–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by surface
Outdoors (1–3)
Indoors (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 November 1996 Santiago, Chile Clay Romania Dinu Pescariu Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
Brazil Fernando Meligeni
4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 23 July 2000 Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Álex López Morón Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
Croatia Lovro Zovko
6–1, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 2. 21 July 2002 Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Fernando Vicente Czech Republic František Čermák
Austria Julian Knowle
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 30 July 2006 Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Guillermo García-López Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Czech Republic David Škoch
4–6, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Career
WR
Career
Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 7 2-7
French Open A A LQ LQ 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R LQ 1R LQ 0 / 9 8-9
Wimbledon A LQ A A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R LQ 0 / 7 2-7
U.S. Open A A A A 1R A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R A A LQ A 0 / 6 2-6
Grand Slam Win Ratio 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 29 N/A
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-3 1-4 5-4 2-4 3-4 1-4 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 N/A 14-29
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 2 0-2
Miami A A A A A A A A 1R 3R A A A A A 0 / 2 1-2
Monte Carlo A A 2R A A 1R A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A LQ 1R 0 / 8 3-8
Rome A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R LQ A A A 0 / 7 2-7
Hamburg A A A A A 1R A LQ W 1R A 2R A LQ A 1 / 4 7-3
Canada A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1
Stuttgart/Madrid A A A A 1R A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 2 0-2
Paris A A A A 1R A A A 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 1-2
ATP World Tour Finals A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0
ATP Tournaments Played 1 0 3 4 17 24 18 23 29 23 20 16 6 12 3 N/A 199
ATP Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 4
ATP Tournaments Won 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 1
Year End Ranking 392 269 119 182 35 84 90 51 20 88 85 175 119 140 338 N/A N/A

LQ = lost in the qualifiers WR = Win Ratio, the ratio of tournaments won to those played A = Did not play in tournament

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
Wins 3 0 0 1 4 0 2 10
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1997
1. Chile Marcelo Ríos 9 Barcelona, Spain Clay 2R 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
2. Spain Carlos Moyá 9 French Open, Paris, France Clay 2R 6–4, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
3. Austria Thomas Muster 4 Stuttgart, Germany Clay 2R 6–4, 7–5
2000
4. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 1R 4–6, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
2001
5. Sweden Magnus Norman 5 Barcelona, Spain Clay 2R 1–1, ret.
6. Sweden Magnus Norman 6 Hamburg, Germany Clay 2R 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7)
7. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 7 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 3–6, 7–5, 6–2
8. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 9 Hamburg, Germany Clay F 3–6, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–5
2003
9. United States Andy Roddick 6 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 1R 7–6(7–5), 6–3
10. Spain Carlos Moyá 4 Sopot, Poland Clay 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(6–8), 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hewitt flops against qualifier". BBC News. 19 May 2001. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Brisbane International 2009: Day 2". Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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