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ATP Movistar Open 2008 champion: Fernando Gonzalez


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2008 champion: Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez
Height/Weight: 6-0/180
Birthdate: 07/29/1980
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Country: Chile
Resides: La Reina, Santiago, Chile

Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi (born July 29, 1980), nis a professional tennis player from Chile. He is known for having one of the hardest hitting forehands in the circuit.
Throughout his career, González has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot), Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Pete Sampras.

In the first round of the Australian Open, Gonzalez prevailed over Lleyton Hewitt in an five-set thriller which lasted 3 hours and 7 minutes. The final score was 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. He then beat Guillermo Cañas, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. González then came back from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet of France, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6(10), 6-2, 12-10, in a match that lasted over four hours. He bowed out of the tournament with a straight sets defeat against world number one Rafael Nadal in the 4th round.

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