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Nicolás Lapentti : biography

13 August 1976 -

---- Nicolás Alexander Lapentti Gómez (born 13 August 1976 in Guayaquil) is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador. He is Andrés Gómez's nephew.

Career finals

Singles: 12 (5–7)

Wins (5)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (2)
ATP Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. September 11, 1995 Bogotá, Colombia Clay COL}} Miguel Tobón 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
2. August 16, 1999 Indianapolis, United States Hard USA}} Vincent Spadea 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
3. October 18, 1999 Lyon, France Carpet (i) AUS}} Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2
4. July 23, 2001 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay ESP}} Albert Costa 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
5. May 20, 2002 St. Pölten, Austria Clay ESP}} Fernando Vicente 7–5, 6–4
Runner-ups (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 9 September 1996 Bogotá, Colombia Clay AUT}} Thomas Muster 7–6(6), 2–6, 3–6
2. 27 October 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay ESP}} Francisco Clavet 3–6, 3–6
3. 5 July 1999 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay ESP}} Albert Costa 6–7(4), 3–6, 4–6
4. 9 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard NED}} Sjeng Schalken 4–6, 6–3, 1–6
5. 11 February 2002 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay CHI}} Fernando González 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–7(4)
6. 7 July 2003 Båstad, Sweden Clay ARG}} Mariano Zabaleta 3–6, 4–6
7. 25 September 2006 Palermo, Italy Clay ITA}} Filippo Volandri 7–5, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (3–4)

Wins (3)

1997—Amsterdam, Mexico City; 1999—Adelaide

Runner-ups (4)

1996—Bogotá; 1997—Santiago; 1999—Prague; 2004—Viña del Mar

Personal

Set up the Nicolás Lapentti Foundation in late 2000 to help bring tennis to the underprivileged, and develop future champions. Other interests include soccer and reading Robert Ludlum books.

Performance timelines

Singles

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R A 2R SF 2R 2R 4R 3R 2R A A 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 11 15–11
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 14 12–14
Wimbledon A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A QF 2R A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 10 8–10
US Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 2–3 1–4 8–4 5–4 4–3 7–4 6–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–4 2–3 1–4 0–2 0 / 47 42–47
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A A RR A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 3R A SF QF 1R 1R 3R A A A LQ 3R A 0 / 8 12–8
Miami A A A 1R 2R 1R 3R QF 3R QF 4R 2R 2R 1R A LQ LQ 2R 0 / 12 14–12
Monte Carlo A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 2R 3R A 0 / 8 4–8
Rome A A A A A 2R QF 2R SF 1R 1R 1R A A A 2R LQ LQ 0 / 8 10–8
Hamburg A A A A A 2R SF 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R A A LQ A NM1 0 / 7 8–7
Canada A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 1R LQ A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A LQ QF LQ A 0 / 8 5–8
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 3R 2R 3R 3R A A A A LQ LQ A A 0 / 4 5–4
Paris A A A A A A SF 2R 3R 2R 2R A 1R A LQ LQ A A 0 / 6 7–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–6 16–7 8–9 15–9 7–9 3–8 4–4 1–3 0–1 0–0 5–4 4–2 1–1 0 / 66 67–66
Year End Ranking 326 632 109 121 63 90 7 24 23 29 57 122 95 67 109 86 97 447

Beginnings

Lapentti began playing tennis at the age of six.

He first came to the tennis world's attention an outstanding junior player who won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994, when he also captured the junior doubles titles at the French Open (partnering with Gustavo Kuerten) and the US Open.

Davis Cup

He has also been a member of the Ecuador Davis Cup team since 1993. Representing his country in Davis Cup since he was 17, and won the deciding rubber against Great Britain (July 2000) to put Ecuador in the World Group. Moreover, he owns the Davis Cup record for most matches won in five sets, with a total of 13 victories.

Professional

Lapentti turned professional in 1995 and won his first top-level singles title later that year at Bogotá.

In 1999, Lapentti was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open. He also won two tour singles titles that year and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 that November.

In 2002, Lapentti won his fifth tour singles title at St Pölten, beating Fernando Vicente in straight sets in the final. In the second round of that tournament, his rival, Irakli Labadze, faced four match points but was not able to convert any of them. Lapentti finally won that tough match 5–7, 7–6(1), 7–6(6).

His brother, Giovanni, is also a professional tennis player, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 110 in May 2005. In addition, another brother, Leonardo, has been active at the lower levels of professional tennis.

In the Cincinnati Open 2008, Lapentti defeated David Ferrer in second round, Fernando Verdasco in the third round and faced No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals where he lost in straight sets. With that victory over Lapentti, Nadal clinched the World No. 1 ranking for the first time.

In his last participation in a Grand Slam, he unfortunately had to retire against Novak Djokovic in the first round of the 2009 French Open.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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