Alejandro Falla

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Alejandro Falla
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Full nameAlejandro Falla Ramírez
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidenceBogotá, Colombia
Born (1983-11-14) 14 November 1983 (age 35)
Cali, Colombia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2018
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,101,331
Singles
Career record114–169 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 48 (16 July 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2010, 2012)
French Open4R (2011)
Wimbledon3R (2012)
US Open2R (2006, 2011)
Doubles
Career record17–41 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 130 (3 August 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2010, 2012, 2013)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open1R (2010)
Last updated on: 21 August 2018.

Alejandro Falla Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈxandɾo ˈfaʎa raˈmiɾes];[1] born 14 November 1983) is a retired 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]

Alejandro Falla, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying

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.[2]

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.

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 title)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2001 French Open Clay Colombia Carlos Salamanca Germany Markus Bayer
Germany Philipp Petzschner
3–6, 7–5, 6–4

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)[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 (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard Croatia Ivo Karlović 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–2 Jun 2014 Halle Open, Germany 250 Series Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[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 (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2011 Pacific Coast Championships, United States 250 Series Hard Belgium Xavier Malisse United States Scott Lipsky
United States Rajeev Ram
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures singles finals[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger (11–8)
ITF Futures (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 16 June 2002 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Pablo González 6–7(6–8), 6–7(2–7)
Runner–up 2. 23 June 2002 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Brazil Eduardo Bohrer 6–7(3–7), 6–7(1–7)
Winner 3. 13 January 2003 San Salvador, El Salvador Clay Chile Jorge Aguilar 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 26 May 2003 Pereira, Colombia Clay Brazil Thiago Alves 7–5, 6–3
Winner 5. 13 October 2003 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Austria Marco Mirnegg 7–5, 6–3
Runner–up 6. 1 February 2004 Waikoloa, United States Clay Russia Dmitry Tursunov 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 7. 8 March 2004 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Chile Adrián García 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 29 March 2004 Salinas, Ecuador Hard Luxembourg Gilles Müller 6–7, 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 9. 6 July 2005 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 10. 15 July 2005 Binghamton, United States Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner–up 11. 2 April 2006 Mexico City, Mexico Clay Paraguay Ramón Delgado 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 12. 24 April 2006 Bogotá, Colombia (2) Clay Brazil André Sá 6–4, 6–2
Runner–up 13. 11 November 2007 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Italy Simone Bolelli 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 1–6
Winner 14. 3 May 2009 Pereira, Colombia Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 15. 20 September 2009 Cali, Colombia Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–3, 6–4
Winner 16. 18 October 2009 Rennes, France Hard France Thierry Ascione 6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 17. 5 April 2010 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Brazil João Souza 6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 18. 25 September 2011 Cali, Colombia (2) Clay Argentina Eduardo Schwank 6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 19. 31 October 2011 Medellín, Colombia Clay Dominican Republic Víctor Estrella Burgos 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 4–6
Winner 20. 1 April 2012 Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–4, 6–1
Winner 21. 16 July 2012 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Santiago Giraldo 7–5, 6–3
Winner 22. 4 January 2014 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard Canada Steven Diez 6–2, 6–2
Winner 23. 26 January 2014 Bucaramanga, Colombia Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 7–5, 6–1
Runner–up 24. 9 January 2016 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard France Adrian Mannarino 7–5, 2–6, 2–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q1 A A Q2 2R A 3R 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 7 7–7
French Open A A A 2R Q1 2R 1R 2R Q1 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A 0 / 10 7–10
Wimbledon A A A 2R Q3 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R Q2 A 0 / 11 5–11
US Open A A A Q2 Q1 2R Q2 Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R Q3 A A 0 / 6 2–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–2 2–3 0–2 3–4 4–4 4–4 1–3 1–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 34 21–34
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 2R A A 1R A 1R 1R 3R Q1 A A 0 / 5 3–5
Miami Masters A A A A A A 3R A A 2R Q1 2R 3R 1R 3R Q1 A 0 / 6 8–6
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A A A Q1 A 1R Q1 A A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Masters NH A A A A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R Q1 Q1 1R A A 0 / 5 1–5
Canada Masters A A A A A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A 1R Q2 Q1 A 0 / 6 1–6
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 1R A A 2R Q1 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 4 1–4
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A A A 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 0–2
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A 1R A A 2R Q1 A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–5 0–0 1–2 2–4 0–2 3–6 2–3 2–5 2–2 0–0 0–0 0 / 31 15–31
National Representation
Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held A NH 0 / 1 0–1
Davis Cup Z2 Z2 A Z3 Z2 Z2 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO Z1 Z1 PO Z1 PO A PO 0 / 0 22–10
Win–Loss 1–0 1–0 0–0 5–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0 / 1 22–11
Career Statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2
Year-end Ranking 1383 566 275 127 231 108 81 180 81 105 74 54 99 88 122 273 397

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

This table is current through the 2013 Australian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 1R 1R A 0–3
French Open 1R A 1R A 2R 1–3
Wimbledon 1R A A A 1R 0–2
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. ^ "The pronunciation by Alejandro Falla himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ Cheese, Caroline (21 June 2010). "Wimbledon 2010: Roger Federer survives massive scare". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 21 June 2010.

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