Carlos Moya Llompart
Birth date: August 27, 1976
|Place of Birth:
||Spain, Palma de Mallorca (Mallorca)
SINGLES CAREER TITLES (20):
Grand Slam (1):
Roland Garros 1998
Master Series (3):
Gran Prix (3):
Buenos Aires 1995
Long Island 1997
International Series (9):
Umag 2001, 2002, 2003
Buenos Aires 2003, 2006
Chennai 2004, 2005
International Series Gold (3):
Acapulco 2002, 2004
Davis Cup 2004
1995- 1996-Broke into Top 20 for first time, winning title in Umag (d. Mantilla) and reaching finals in Munich (l. to Dosedel) and Bucharest (l. to Berasategui). Also a SF in Barcelona and avenged loss two weeks later in Munich with victory in SF, ending Muster's 38-match winning streak on clay going back to 1995. Made Davis Cup debut vs. Denmark in World Group playoff tie and won both matches. Compiled 36-16 record on clay.
1997- Finished as No. 1 Spaniard and in Top 10 for first time, winning lone title in Long Island (d. Rafter) while reaching five other finals (three on hard courts). Began season with runner-up efforts in Sydney (l. to Henman) and his first Grand Slam at Australian Open (d. Becker, Chang, l. to Sampras). Afterward, climbed from 25 to No. 9 and became first Spaniard to reach Aussie Open final since Andres Gimeno in 1969. Played Davis Cup and compiled a 3-1 record in two ties. 1998-Won two titles, including his first Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros (d. Corretja) and closed year with runner-up effort at ATP World Championship in Hannover (l. to Corretja in five sets). During his Monte Carlo title, posted impressive consecutive victories over Muster, Arazi, Kafelnikov, Corretja, Krajicek, and Pioline in final. Dropped only one set en route. Compiled 32-10 record on clay and 15-12 on hard. Earned a career-high $2,572,553.
1999- Became first Spaniard to rank No. 1 in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973) when he accomplished feat on March 15 (held top spot for two weeks) after reaching final at AMS Indian Wells (d. Kuerten in SF, l. to Philippoussis).
2000- Despite being hampered with a stress fracture in his lower back from 1999 US Open until early part of 2000, finished in Top 50 for fifth straight year. Opened clay circuit in Estoril and won his first title (d. Clavet) since '98 Roland Garros. During summer hard courts, advanced to QF in Long Island and 4th RD at US Open where he beat countryman Corretja before losing to T. Martin in an epic five-set marathon (held one match point in fourth set).
2001- Finished in Top 20 for first time in three years.
2002- Won four titles in six finals and won personal-high 59 matches. Three of his finals were against countrymen (d. Ferrer, l. to Ferrero twice) and had a 9-3 record against Spaniards. He also earned his second career AMS title in Cincinnati (d. No. 1 Hewitt). He compiled most clay match wins (34) and tie-break wins (27) on ATP circuit. His 13-match winning streak was tied for third-best during year. At Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai he went 3-0 in round robin play before falling to Ferrero in three sets. Went a career-best 27-12 in tie-breaks and had an 18-3 match record when winning a tie-break set. Compiled records of 34-7 on clay and 22-12 on hard.
2003- Captured three ATP clay court titles and reached finals in two other tournaments en route to his fourth career Top 10 year-end ranking. Also led Spain to Davis Cup final (lost 3-1 to Australia) by compiling a 6-0 singles record during year. Beat Philippoussis on grass to account for only point in final. Went 18-5 in first three months, winning title in Buenos Aires (d. Coria ) and reaching AMS final in Miami (l. to Agassi). Won his first career Spanish title in Barcelona (d. Safin). Dropped only one set en route to his third consecutive Croatia Open title in Umag (d. Volandri). Had 4th RD showing at US Open (d. Massu, l. to El Aynaoui) and lifted his country to Davis Cup final by posting wins over Argentina's Zabaleta (from two sets down) and Gaudio in decisive rubber to give Spain a 3-2 victory. Had career-high 37-10 record on clay, second-best during year, trailing only Ferrero (38). In 1st RD win over Draper at US Open, tied a career-high with 26 aces. Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup in Houston and went 1-2 in round robin play, defeating Schuettler and losing to Roddick and Coria.
2004- The No. 1 Spaniard finished in Top 10 for third consecutive season and for fifth time in last eight years. Captured three (or more) ATP titles, finished in Top 10 and won at least 55 matches for third straight year and has won 10 of his 17 career titles during that span. Also helped his country to 3-2 win over U.S. for Davis Cup title by posting straight-set wins over Fish and Roddick, which clinched tie. Reached finals in his first three tournaments on different continents (and four of first five), opening with title in Chennai (d. Srichaphan), then retired in Sydney final (vs. Hewitt) due to right ankle sprain. Withdrew from Australian Open but came back in February to reach final on clay in Buenos Aires (l. to Coria). Began with an 18-3 record. In April, began European clay court circuit with two wins in Davis Cup QF tie against the Netherlands followed with SF at ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo. Following month captured his third career ATP Masters Series shield in Rome (d. Nalbandian), dropping one set in six matches. Won at least two matches from Rome through US Open, compiling a 29-8 mark during nine tournament stretch. Led ATP circuit with 33 clay court match wins (33-8) and only player during year to win at least 20 matches on clay and hard courts (23-10). Also went 3-1 on grass and 3-8 vs. Top 10 opponents. Surpassed 400 career match wins in March. Compiled a 14-0 mark vs. his countrymen during season.
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Official Website: www.carlos-moya.net
Other interesting information: Full name is Carlos Moya Llompart. Began playing tennis at age six. Writes left-handed. Parents, Andres and Pilar; older sister, Begona; older brother, Andres. Winner of European 18s singles and doubles titles (w/Diaz). Also member of winning Galea Cup team in 1994. Enjoys video games and travels with his PlayStation and Minidisc and also enjoys music of U2, Bon Jovi and Queen. A big fan of RCD Mallorca soccer team. Admires NBA star Karl Malone. Spent a week of mandatory military reserves duty in July 1997 and cut his traditionally long hair at time. In May 1999, selected by People Magazine in U.S. as one of its "50 Most Beautiful People in the World". Involved in local charity efforts in his hometown of Mallorca. During his back rehabilitation in later part of 1999, took French, guitar and scuba diving lessons. Also got a tatoo of a dolphin on his right bicep… In October 2000, launched a line of his own cologne in Madrid and the product was expected to be sold in 40 countries and its slogan, "Life is the most exciting game". In April 2001, made his acting debut as a tennis coach in a Spanish movie "Torrente II". Has a 20-7 career Davis Cup singles record in 15 ties. Friend of pro golfer Sergio Garcia and pro basketball player Pau Gasol of Memphis Grizzlies.