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Julien Benneteau retired this year having lost a record 10 tennis finals. Still there Nieminen -- at the time in finals -- triumphed "I arrived Almost no one was there, empty seats, 10 or final on Sunday morning. On grass in Den Bosch in , Benneteau succumbed to then world No. Ramanathan has been having a rough time on the Tennis court this season to Prajnesh Gunneswaran's much-talked about big (6), , win over World No. Indian tennis round-up: Yuki Bhambri makes early exit at Den Bosch, wta tennis indian wells, seats to meet den bosch, seats 2 meet den. Meet Gilles Muller: The unheralded journeyman who stunned Rafa Nadal in 2 comments playing one of the guys who is dominating the tennis this year again . Rufus, a Harris hawk, sit on a seat on Centre Court ahead of day nine .. year and then on grass at Den Bosch in the lead up to Wimbledon.
He beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, managed 18 top scalps and appeared in finals on hard, clay and carpet. Benneteau brushes aside Benneteau claims Read: Zverev stuns Djokovic in London Read: For many fans however — or at least those outside tennis loving France — it is that incredible, unenviable record in singles finals that truly catches the eye.
Won so many matches. Respite for Pioline came in Copenhagen in against home favorite Kenneth Carlsen, with Dupre snapping his losing streak in in Hong Kong against fellow American Morris Skip Strode in what would turn out to be his last final.
Match point heartbreak No one threw coins at Benneteau in any of his finals — which he can recall in forensic detail — but he, too, experienced match point heartbreak. It came in his ninth final and unsurprisingly turned out to be his most painful moment. A point from victory against Joao Sousa in the second set in Kuala Lumpur in SeptemberBenneteau approached the net with a good forehand only to be passed spectacularly by the Portuguese.
He remained somewhat astonished. In his speech, Roddick wanted to express his gratitude to a good many people whom he felt had been instrumental in sending him to Newport. One of them was Brad Gilbert, the coach who helped Roddick get the best results of his distinguished career. They worked together from June of through Roddick had a spectacular run with Gilbert by his side in the former of those seasons. There was a stage at the outset when Roddick won five of seven tournaments from Queen's Club through a triumphant fortnight at the U.
He finished that year at No. Looking out at the court-side crowd in Newport where he had so many longtime friends and former coaches, Roddick said of Gilbert, "What a tennis mind.
Julien Benneteau: Meet tennis' record unluckiest loser
The way you're able to simplify terms, make them within grasp very quickly. I wouldn't be here without you. If you ever get over that shyness problem, you'd be a great coach. It was Stefanki who was coaching Roddick when he was beaten in an epic Wimbledon final against Federer. Roddick said, "Larry, if I had to start playing again tomorrow, I'd beg you to coach me all over again.
A lot of coaches will take what they did well and then try to put that on the player. You worked with a lot of different people. You worked with a lot of different personalities.
McEnroe, Rios, Henman, Gonzales, people that came in, people that stayed back, people that were cerebral, people that were nuts. You were always able to look at tennis through the player's eyes.
It was a real honor being around you. As he put it, "The toughest thing about my career was following the giants of American tennis. It motivated me to work as hard as I possibly could in their very, very long shadows. I took the responsibility of taking the torch that they tried to pass, and take very seriously what they built every single day of my career. I was never going to live up to those guys.
I'm thankful for their successes because it was directly responsible for any success that I had. It gave this childhood tennis fanatic a lifetime of memories.
Open in as an eight-year-old and playing video games with Pete Sampras, who had captured his first major the year before at the Open as a year-old. Eleven years later they were Davis Cup teammates and Roddick was on a small plane with Sampras and they were delayed, which meant that "I had him trapped.
I got to talk to him for about an hour about the way he viewed tennis, match-ups, what he thought about the guys he was playing against, what his special sauce was to throw down a ace [on a big point], not really thinking about it. Those are the moments I just loved over the course of my career. He mused, "I can't believe the level of tennis that I got to see in my career.
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The shots hit, the records that were broken, the records that continue to be broken. Thanks to Murray, Novak, Roger and Rafa for playing the game at a higher level than it's ever been played. It sucked being in your vacuum at times. I still consider myself lucky. I got to guard Jordan. I went the distance with Ali.
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I pitched to Babe Ruth. I feel like I know what it must have been like to watch Picasso. I saw it all. And then he wrapped up his remarks poignantly and fittingly. I'm not the best of my generation. I'm not the most well-behaved. I'm not the most polished. I'm also never going to take this honor for granted.
I'm never going to forget those who paved the way before us. I'm never going to forget the innocent parts of this game we all love. I thank you from the deepest parts of my heart. I had enjoyed the rest of the ceremony after I had spoken from up on the stage, sitting directly behind the speakers. It was the best seat in the house. How did it feel to become a Hall of Famer and a member of such a distinguished class? It is almost indescribable. Still he forced a third set and held a break point at The Argentine -- Nadal's close friend -- saved it and didn't look back.
In in Winston-Salem as a qualifier after returning from a serious wrist injury, Benneteau led John Isner by a set and earned a break point at the start of the second only for the American to unleash one of his massive serves. Playing close to his hometown at an event he adores, Isner rallied for a victory.
Serena's coach calls for on-court coaching There was another three-set loss to dual French Open finalist Robin Soderling in in Lyon -- Benneteau's hometown tournament that he attended as a child -- and the right-hander was overmatched against serve-and-volleyer Michael Llodra in Marseille in following two draining wins over the two leading new musketeers of French tennis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.
Benneteau, though, won the doubles title with pal Llodra. In his 10th and last final in Kuala Lumpur inBenneteau failed to serve out the first set against Kei Nishikori at and the US Open finalist proceeded to win in straight sets.
Registering his top year-end ranking of 25th inBenneteau underwent abductor surgery in and never made another final. Best chance didn't come in final Overall he lost half of his finals in three sets. He was statistically the underdog six times as the lower-ranked player. According to Benneteau, his best chance of winning a title ironically came in a week where he didn't even make the final.
On grass in Den Bosch inBenneteau succumbed to then world No. Ljubicic, now Federer's coach, lifted his lone grass-court title the next day by edging a third-set tiebreak. So maybe, maybe, despite my 10 finals, this week was the week I would be able to win a title," said Benneteau. As he reflects on his career, Benneteau' is also keen to look forward.