Martin Vassallo Arguello
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- Pronounced: va-SY-oh ar-GWAY-oh
- Age: 33 (10.02.1980)
- Birthplace: Temperley, Argentina
- Residence: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Height: 6' (183 cm)
- Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1999
- Coach: Gabriel Markus
As of 20.05.2013
*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Martin Miguel Vassallo Arguello...No relation to former ATP pro Roberto Arguello of Argentina... Began playing tennis at age nine but decided to concentrate on tennis full-time at 13, giving up soccer... Father, Luciano Vassallo, is a government manager; mother, Clara Arguello, is a psychologist...Has one older sister, Lucia, who is a photographer...Speaks Italian, Spanish and English...Hobbies include soccer, dancing and horse riding...Fan of Boca Juniors soccer team in Argentina... Considers clay his favorite surface...Coached by former ATP pro Horacio de la Pena (since December 2006).
2000 -- Reached his first Challenger QF in Oberstaufen; One Futures SF and QF in four other events...In doubles, reached final at Brazil #2 and Chile #9 Futures (both w/Veronelli)...
2001 -- Reached two Futures finals..Reached first Challenger final in Sao Paulo-2 (l. to Massa); In doubles, won first Challenger title in Montevideo (w/Del Rio) and captured five Futures titles...Also a finalist at Lima Challenger (w/Acasuso)...
2002 -- Compiled a 20-17 mark in Challengers, highlighted by first title in Rome (d. Volandri) and runner-up in Sao Paulo-1 (l. to Niemeyer)...Qualified for his first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and lost to T. Martin 7-5 in fifth set...Played his first career grass court match in Newport and lost in 1st RD...In doubles, won Aptos Challenger (w/A. Hadad) and runner-up at Napoli Challenger (w/Olguin);
2003 -- Won Kosice Challenger (d. Gamonal)...Also captured titles in Oberstaufen (d. Seppi) and Trani (d. Fogues) and reached finals in Olbia (l. to Almagro) and Manerbio (l. to Patience)...In doubles, won titles at Rome (w/Hadad), Biella (w/Galvani) and Mantova (w/Artoni) while reaching final at Sassuolo (w/Artoni);
2004 -- Reached 3rd RD at Kitzbuhel (d. Thomann and Melzer, l. to Verdasco); Finalist at Bermuda Challenger (l. to Horna); Won doubles title at Dubrovnik Challenger (w/Brzezicki);
2005 -- Finalist at Reggio Emilia Challenger (l. to Ascione); Reached QF or better at six Challenger events; Doubles winner at Zagreb Challenger (w/Junqueira); Finalist at Challengers in Zagreb (w/Artoni) and Aracaju (w/Berlocq)...
2006 -- Finished in Top 100 for first time at No. 80...Posted a 14-7 Challenger record in first six months of the season, highlighted by SF at Salinas (l. to Witten) and Rome (l. to Ungur)... Posted career best Grand Slam result in Roland Garros by reaching 4th RD...Had wins over Goldstein and Grosjean and Sluiter in five sets each (l. to Nalbandian)...Advanced to QF at Palermo (l. to Almagro)...In November, reached final at his hometown Buenos Aires Challenger (l. to Canas) and QF at Asuncion (l. to Koellerer in four hour, 34 minute marathon)...In doubles, reached SF in Amersfoort (w/Berlocq)...Doubles winner at Aguascalientes Challenger and finalist at Biella Challenger (w/del Potro)...
2007 -- Finished in Top 100 for second straight season highlighted by a career-high 14 ATP level match wins...Also went 18-7 in Challengers with one title...Opened season with title at Santiago Challenger (d. Fognini) and followed with first career ATP SF in Vina del Mar (l. to eventual champ Horna)...In April, advanced to SF at Marrakech Challenger...In July, reached QF in Gstaad with three-sets wins over Wawrinka and Lapentti (l. to Seppi) and three weeks later duplicated result in Sopot (l. to Montanes)...Followed with SF at San Marino Challenger...In late September, advanced to final at Napoli Challenger (l. to Schukin)....Earned a career-high $278,385.
2008 -- The Argentine finished in Top 100 for third straight season with solid Challenger results, compiling a 33-13 record and two titles in four finals, all on clay...After winning just one match in five ATP tournaments to start season, returned to Challenger action and reached SF in Bogota (l. to Navarro)...Followed with runner-up efforts at Rabat (l. to Bellucci) and Prostejov (l. to Calleri)...In October, clinched titles at Asuncion (d. Mayer) and Buenos Aires (d. Ramirez Hidalgo) and reached SF at Cali-2 (l. to Capdeville)...Went 5-13 in ATP action, highlighted by appearances in all four Grand Slams for second straight year...Defeated Lopez in five sets at Roland Garros to reach 2nd RD (l. to Nieminen)...Won first match on grass at Wimbledon, (d. Minar in five sets).
2009The veteran Argentine finished in Top 100 for fourth straight year highlighted by his first career ATP World Tour semi-final in Acapulco in February (l. to eventual champion Almagro)…Did not win back-to-back matches in same event rest of season…In March made Davis Cup debut in 1st RD dead rubber vs. the Netherlands (d. Middelkoop)…Reached a career-high No. 47 on April 27…His best win came over No. 22-ranked Andreev in Monte Carlo in April…Went 2-12 from July to rest of year…Compiled marks of 11-13 on clay and 3-12 on hard courts…Earned a career-high $391,234.
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