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The No. 1 Chilean for second time (2002) compiled his best season with a career-high three ATP titles on three different surfaces, 49 match wins and No. 11 year-end INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking... Only player on ATP circuit to finish in Top 25 in singles and doubles... Served as alternate at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, playing two matches (d. Puerta, l. to Gaudio)... Advanced to 3rd RD or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season for first time in his career... Opened campaign by winning his first career hard court title in Auckland (d. O. Rochus) and followed with a 3rd RD at Australian Open (l. to Nalbandian)... In February, made his season debut on clay in Vina del Mar and reached final (l. to Gaudio) for third time in four years... Played in 1st RD Davis Cup tie in Moscow and defeated Youzhny in opening rubber before falling to Safin in five sets... Went 9-7 in next two months before reaching 3rd RD at Roland Garros (l. to Federer)... In his next Grand Slam at Wimbledon, became first Chilean to reach QF at All England Club since Ricardo Acuna in 1985... Posted his first Top 10 win of year over No. 10 J. Johansson in 3rd RD before losing to eventual champion Federer... Returned to clay in July and captured title in Amersfoort (d. Calleri) without dropping a set... Went 4-4 in next month before reaching 3rd RD at US Open (l. to Nalbandian)... Finished rest of season with an 11-4 record... Helped his country back into 2006 Davis Cup World Group with a win over Pakistan... In last four weeks, reached QF in Vienna and ATP Masters Series Madrid (l. to Ljubicic in both) and captured his first career indoor title in Basel (d. Baghdatis)... Also won doubles title (w/Calleri), joining Federer as only double winners on circuit during year... Closed with his first opening round loss since August at AMS Paris, falling in a third set tie-break to Mathieu... Compiled a career-best 26-16 mark in doubles, winning title in Valencia (w/Rodriguez) and reaching final in Amersfoort (w/Massu)... Also turned in a Grand Slam-best SF at Roland Garros (w/Massu)... Finished a year-end best No. 25 in doubles... Went 3-10 vs. Top 10 opponents, with wins over No. 10 J. Johansson at Wimbledon, No. 7 Coria at AMS Madrid and No. 10 Puerta in Shanghai... Compiled records of 20-9 on clay, 19-10 on hard, 6-2 on carpet and 4-2 on grass... Earned a career-high $1,167,015

2004 IN REVIEW The No. 2 Chilean (behind Massu) finished in Top 25 for second time in three years with a career-best 42 match wins… Captured his fourth career ATP title in Vina del Mar (d. Kuerten) in February and helped his country repeat title at ATP World Team Cup event in Dusseldorf by going 4-0 in singles… In July, advanced to SF in Bastad (l. to Zabaleta) and followed with runner-up in Amersfoort (l. to Verkerk)… Biggest moment of season came at Athens Olympics where he captured bronze medal in singles and gold medal in doubles (w/Massu)… Outlasted American Dent 16-14 in third set (saving two match points) in singles, then saved four match points against Germany's Kiefer-Schuettler in doubles gold medal match… Helped Chile back into '05 Davis Cup World Group for first time since 1985 by winning two singles matches against Japan in playoff tie… Compiled a 25-7 record on clay, 15-11 on hard and 2-1 on grass… Earned a career-high $766,416.


1998-Won in hometown of Santiago at Futures #3 stop… Made Davis Cup singles debut against Argentina… 1999-In doubles, (w/Massu) defeated Black-Black in five sets in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Zimbabwe… 2000-Captured first career ATP title at Orlando as a qualifier (d. Massu)… It was first all-Chilean ATP final since Jaime Fillol defeated Ricardo Acuna in 1982 Itaparica final… Suffered a stress fracture in his right hand and retired in second set of 1st RD match at Biella Challenger in September and did not play rest of season… 2001-Played mostly Challengers (18-13 record), reaching final in Montevideo (l. to Nalbandian)… 2002-Finished as No. 1 Chilean for first time… Won second career ATP title in Vina del Mar (d. N. Lapentti)… At AMS Cincinnati, beat Clement, Henman, Krajicek and Roddick before losing to No. 1 Hewitt in three sets in SF… Continued strong play at US Open (d. Ferrero in 3rd RD, l. to Schalken 7-6 in fifth set in QF)… In final clay court event of season in Palermo, beat Acasuso to capture title… Finished with runner-up in Basel (l. to Nalbandian)… Served as second alternate at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai… 2003- Advanced to QF at AMS Hamburg (d. No. 1 Hewitt, l. to Nalbandian), won ATP World Team Cup title (4-0) and reached QF at Roland Garros for first time (l. to Ferrero in five sets)… Joined John McEnroe as only players to go undefeated (8-0) in singles and doubles at ATP World Team Cup event… Returned to clay in July and reached SF in Stuttgart and QF in Umag… In first hard court event of summer, defeated No. 1 Agassi in SF en route to final in Washington (l. to Henman)…During European indoor circuit, reached final in Metz (l. to Clement).


Full name is Fernando Francisco Gonzalez Ciuffardi… Father, Fernando, is a manager of a flour mill in Santiago… Mother, Patricia, is a housewife… Has one older sister, Patricia, who played at Miami-Dade College, and one younger sister, Jessica… Enjoyed an outstanding junior career, finishing No. 4 in singles world junior rankings and No. 2 in doubles in 1998… Captured Roland Garros junior title (d. Ferrero) and won doubles as well (w/de Armas)… Also won US Open junior doubles title (w/Massu) in 1997… Has a 16-5 career Davis Cup record in 12 ties (9-2 in singles) since 1998… Won Chilean National Sports Award in 2003 for winning World Team Cup title (w/Massu, Rios) and presented by Chile's president… Coached by Argentine Horacio de la Pena, who won four ATP singles titles

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