Víctor Pecci

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Víctor Pecci
Pecci uit Paraguay in aktie, Bestanddeelnr 928-0539.jpg
Country (sports) Paraguay
ResidenceAsunción, Paraguay
Born (1955-10-15) 15 October 1955 (age 63)
Asunción, Paraguay
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1976
Retired1990
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$994,408
Singles
Career record358–243
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 9 (21 April 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenF (1979)
Wimbledon3R (1990, 1980)
US Open3R (1979)
Doubles
Career record194–170
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 13 (9 April 1979)
Victor Pecci on a 1988 Paraguayan stamp

Víctor Pecci Sr. (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 also reached the semifinals in 1981 and was runner-up in Rome. Pecci and won the French Open boys' singles in 1973.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result W–L Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 1979 French Open Clay Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6

Career finals[edit]

Singles (10 titles, 12 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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, 3–6, 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.A Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)
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 Rhodesia 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 (12 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
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

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