2002 IN REVIEW
The Swiss veteran finished outside Top 100 for second straight year and failed to win 10 matches for first time since 1989…Reached QF in first ATP event of year in Marseille after defeating T. Ascione and H. Arazi before dropping to Kafelnikov in straight sets…Only played one ATP match, a three-set loss to Gaudenzi in Miami, between March and June…Advanced to 2nd RD at Queen's (l. to Ginepri) and Wimbledon (l. to Escude) to finish grass season 2-2…By reaching the 2nd RD at Wimbledon, Rosset has advanced past the first round of at least one Grand Slam event for 11 consecutive years…Played well in home country by reaching QF in Gstaad after wins over Bastl and Pavel (l. to Gaudio)…Defeated E. Massa in 1st RD at Sopot, but lost opening match in four of next five ATP events…Took Grosjean to four sets in 1st RD match at US Open…Defeated A. Voinea is Lyon before losing a pair of tiebreaks to Kuerten in 2nd RD…Reached final of Aachen, Germany Challenger (l. to Voltchkov) and finished year with 11-10 Challenger record.
1989-Won first Tour title in Geneva (d. Perez-Roldan)...1990-Won title in Lyon (d. Wilander)...1991-Won first Tour doubles title in Geneva (w/Bruguera)...1992-Won gold medal at Barcelona Olympics...Won in Moscow (d. Steeb)...Won Italian and French Open doubles titles (w/Hlasek) and, with Hlasek, led his country to Davis Cup final where they lost to U.S. 3-1...1993-Won a career-high three Tour singles titles...Won doubles title in Gstaad (w/Pioline)...1994-Finished a year-end best No. 14 and appeared in a career-high four finals, winning French indoor titles in Marseille (d. Boetsch) and Lyon (d. Courier)...Also a finalist in New Haven (l. to Becker), his second career U.S. final, and at TMS Paris (l. to Agassi)...1995-Reached Top 10 for first time on July 10 and ended season at No. 15 with titles in Nice (d. Kafelnikov) on clay and Halle (d. Stich, his first on grass...1996-Reached final in Milan (l. to Ivanisevic) and advanced to first career Grand Slam SF at French Open (l. to Stich)...Led Switzerland to ATP Tour World Team Championship title with 4-0 singles mark (d. Becker, Enqvist)...1997-Won title in Antwerp (d. Henman) and reached final in Tashkent (l. to Henman)...Captured Basel doubles title (w/Henman)...Went 3-4 vs. Top 10 foes...1998-Failed to win an ATP title for first time in two years...Reached back-to-back indoor finals in St. Petersburg (l. to Krajicek) and Antwerp (l. to Rusedski), his 20th career singles final...1999-Won his only title of season in St. Petersburg (d. Prinosil) and also reached SF in Marseille and Toulouse (all three indoors)...Advanced to his first QF at Australian Open (d. No. 7 Henman in 3rd RD, l. to Enqvist)...In doubles, won eighth career title in Tashkent (w/Ogorodov)...2000-Finished in Top 40 for ninth straight year and won two titles for first time since 1995...Raced off to 13-2 start through February with back-to-back indoor titles in Marseille (d. countryman Federer) and London (d. Enqvist in SF, Kafelnikov in F)...Won Marseille for third time and it was his seventh career title on French soil...Reached 4th RD at Wimbledon for first time in his career and has reached 4th RD or better in all four Grand Slam events...Finished season with SF in Moscow and 3rd RD at TMS Paris...Compiled 17-6 record indoors and served 538 aces (No. 8 on ATP circuit)...2001 - Finished out of Top 100 for first time since 1988…After 2nd RD in Marseille (l. to Boutter), did not win a match again until Barcelona in late April…Lost dramatic Davis Cup match to Clement of France, going down 15-13 in fifth set (5 hours, 46 minutes) of opening rubber which Swiss went on to lose 3-2…Reached 2nd RD at Gstaad, but did not win back-to-back matches until October in Moscow…Served 333 aces.
Stands as tallest player on tour along with Germany's Alexander Popp (6'7", 2.01m)...Finished No. 4 in world junior rankings in 1988...Has a 36-19 career Davis Cup record in 23 ties (24-13 in singles) since 1990 (did not play in 2000)...As a youth, went skiing often...Idol was Ayrton Senna, the F1 Racing Driver, whom Rosset once met at Stuttgart, and asked for his autograph...Donated $6,000 to Michael Stich Foundation (which benefits HIV positive children in Germany) after beating Stich in final at Halle in 1995...Won gold medal in 1992 Barcelona Olympics (d. Arrese) and reached 3rd RD at 1996 Atlanta Olympics...Best friend on tour is Goran Ivanisevic and teamed with Croat to win doubles title in Adelaide in 1992...Member of ATP Player Council in 1999-2001....Plans to start a grassroots tennis program in Switzerland to give something back to sport he loves...A big fan of sailing and says after his career, "my dream is to buy a yacht. I would like to buy a 100-footer."...Fitness trainer is Pierre Paganini.