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Mariano Zabaleta : biography

February 28, 1978 -

Mariano Zabaleta (born February 28, 1978 in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province) is a retired professional male tennis player from Argentina. He had an unusual but effective service motion and fighting spirit. His best shot was his forehand and his favourite surface was clay. Zabaleta's career highlights include reaching the quarter-finals of the 2001 US Open and the final of the 1999 Hamburg Masters. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 21.

Singles titles (3)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Championship Series (0)
ATP Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. November 2, 1998 COL}} Bogotá, Colombia Clay PAR}} Ramón Delgado 6–4, 6–4
2. July 7, 2003 SWE}} Båstad, Sweden Clay ECU}} Nicolás Lapentti 6–3, 6–4
3. July 5, 2004 SWE}} Båstad, Sweden Clay ARG}} Gastón Gaudio 6–1, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)

Runner-ups (5)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. May 3, 1999 GER}} Hamburg, Germany Clay CHI}} Marcelo Ríos 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
2. May 17, 1999 AUT}} St Pölten, Austria Clay CHI}} Marcelo Ríos 4–4, ret.
3. August 2, 1999 NED}} Amsterdam, Netherlands Clay MAR}} Younes El Aynaoui 0–6, 3–6
4. February 24, 2003 MEX}} Acapulco, Mexico Clay ARG}} Agustín Calleri 5–7, 6–3, 3–6
5. April 9, 2007 USA}} Houston, U.S. Clay CRO}} Ivo Karlović 4–6, 1–6

Personal and miscellaneous

In 2004 he started his own show called Tenis Pro in which he takes the video camera with him to all the tournaments and highlights life on tour in a light hearted manner and along with Juan Ignacio Chela conduct various interviews with other players, along with other various skits.

Tennis career

Juniors

Zabaleta was an outstanding junior in 1995 and finished the year as No. 1 with a junior career singles record of 84–7 (also reaching as high as No. 10 in doubles), with his only loss in 1995 being to Peter Wessels in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Zabaleta won three of the major junior events in 1995. The Italian Open juniors without losing a set against Martin Lee in the final 6–4 6–2 and followed that up with French Open juniors which was also achieved without dropping a set and he defeated compatriot Mariano Puerta 6–2, 6–3 as he had done four times in 1995 and not losing a set in the process. Zabaleta finished his junior career with victory in the Orange Bowl over Tommy Haas 6–2 3–6 6–1 and that was the only set he dropped in the tournament.

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: - French Open: W (1995) Wimbledon: - US Open: QF (1995)

Pro tour

Zabaleta struggled inititally with the transition from juniors to seniors. In 1996 he won his first Challenger event in Birmingham, Alabama over Bill Behrens 6–4, 6–4 and his quarter final performance in Bournemouth was his best showing on the main tour.

In 1997, he made the final of the Guayaquil Challenger losing to Tomas Nydahl. In 1998 Zabaleta reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier and defeated the number 2 player in the world and reigning Australian Open champion Petr Korda 6–0 6–2 3–6 4–6 6–3 before losing to Hicham Arazi. Later in the year Zabaleta made his first semifinal in Amsterdam losing to Magnus Norman and then in November he won his first ATP title as a senior at Bogotá defeating Ramón Delgado 6–4 6–4 in the final.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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