Hailing from Chile, Fernando Francisco Gonzalez Ciuffardi was born on July 29, 2980. He started playing tennis professionally in 1999. Known for his hard forehand hits, he is likewise called “Gonzo” and “Mano de Piedra” in Spanish.
According to reviews, he is one of the few tennis players who played for four Grand Slam Tournaments and was able to reach the quarter-finals of those tournaments. The 2007 Australian Open was his first major final but unfortunately, he lost to Roger Federer. He bagged various Olympic medals including a gold in Athens 2004 doubles tournament and bronze in the season’s singles, and silver in Beijing 2008 singles. Described as a tough player, he managed to beat a lot of former-number one players like Andy Roddick, Marat Saffin, Rafael Nadal, Gustavo Kuerten, Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt.
He was two-time Masters Cup event qualifier. Likewise, he finished as runner up in the Masters Series Tournament twice. He was a two-time defending champion of the Movistar Open but lost the semi-finals to Thomaz Bellucci. He reached the semi-finals of 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel but lost to David Ferrer after a number of wins in the first few sets. Currently, he holds 11 career titles and a record of 349-184 win-lose ratio in singles and 105-95 in doubles.
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