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Gone, Baby, Gonzo...

March 23, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Gonzo didn't waste any days in what he called 'the right place to retire', losing 6-7 in the 3rd to marathoner Mahut. Fans all over will miss the most ridiculous forehand ever (think Dolgopolov), along with one of the widest smiles in the business. He takes with him in his war chest what may be a treasure of metals unmatched by anyone in tennis to date: Olympic Gold from the '04 doubles with Nicolas Massu; Silver from the '08 singles; and Bronze from the '04 singles. Other major achievements included:

- reaching a high rank of #5 in '07

- reaching the Oz Open final after hitting more forehand winners than anyone could remember, beating Del Potro and Hewitt, followed by #5 Blake, #2 Nadal (2, 4 and 3) and #12 Haas in straight sets, facing only one tie-breaker and hitting enough aces to put him in rarified company, but not quite enough to take the title from Federer

- in his 571 career matches, he averaged 6.6 aces per match; for perspective, Fed has averaged 7.6 this year, and is #7 in that stat category).

Gonzo's best surface was clay, (.704 winning percentage), where he reached the final of two ATP 1000 events (Rome and Madrid).

Rick

Fernando Gonzalez Retires at 31


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