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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #60 on: June 21, 2008, 07:41:13 PM »
Is this the player you're talking about:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Olmedo

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #61 on: June 21, 2008, 07:45:09 PM »
Alejandro ("Alex") Rodríguez Olmedo (born March 24, 1936 in Arequipa) is a former tennis player from Peru, who was ranked as the number 1 amateur player in the world in 1959. Although born and raised in Peru, he graduated with a business degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in the United States. While at USC, he won the NCAA singles and doubles championships in 1956 and 1958. ( In 1957, USC was excluded from NCAA competition).

Olmedo represented the United States on the International Davis Cup team in 1958/1959, winning in both singles and doubles -- achieving 2 of the 3 points required to win the Davis Cup. He won the Wimbledon and Australian Open singles titles in 1959 as well as being a finalist in the US Open Championships in the same year losing to the same person he defeated in the Australian Open. At Wimbledon, he defeated Rod Laver in 3 sets in 71 minutes 6–4, 6–3, 6–4.

He was inducted into the international Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. Alex Olmedo was the first Latin American to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #62 on: June 21, 2008, 07:47:22 PM »
See what you can learn on this site!  Good job guys...

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #63 on: June 21, 2008, 07:48:48 PM »
See what you can learn on this site!  Good job guys...
now, the best spanish player ever! NOT NADAL YET ;-() :))
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #64 on: June 21, 2008, 08:00:18 PM »
if you ask Spanish fans, who is better between Nadal and this legend? 99% of spanish fans will say this name:

Manuel Martínez Santana, best known as Manolo Santana, (born May 10, 1938) was a Spanish male tennis player. He was born in Madrid.

He was named to the Hall of Fame in 1984.


One of the masters of legerdemain, Manuel Martinez "Manolo" Santana was the first post-World War II European to gain universal respect because he not only won the most difficult clay-court event, the French singles in 1961 and 1964, but also the grass-court gems, Wimbledon of 1966 and the U.S. Championship of 1965 at Forest Hills. In doing so, the engaging Spaniard was the first European champ at Forest Hills since Frenchman Henri Cochet in 1928.
"He was a magician on clay," said Rod Laver. "Manolo could hit the most incredible angles, drive you crazy with topspin lobs or drop shots. And he improved his volleying so that he was dangerous on grass, too."

In 1965 Santana became a national hero in Spain. That year Santana spearheaded the 4-1 upset of the U.S. at Barcelona during the Davis Cup campaign and led Spain all the way to the finale for the first time, Although the Spaniards were turned back, 4-1, Santana gave Roy Emerson his only defeat in 12 title-round singles, Two years later he drove Spain to the finale again, salvaging the only point in a 4-1 defeat by beating John Newcombe.

Only Italian Nicola Pietrangeli (164 singles and doubles in 46 ties) and Romanian Ilie Nastase played more Davis Cup than Santana, who played 120 singles (69-17) and doubles (23-11) in 46 matches between 1958 and 1973. He set Cup records by winning 13 singles matches in 1967 (equalled by Nastase in 1971), and also by winning 17 singles and doubles in 1965 and 1967 (topped by Nastase's 18 in 1971).

Born May 10, 1938, in Madrid, he worked as a ball boy at a local club and picked up the game. He was a very appealing player, a slender 5-foot-11 right-hander, who frequently smiled at play and was an admirable sportsman. His racket control was phenomenal, enabling him to hit with touch and power. He had great flair, the ability to improvise and to inspire himself and his partners and teammates. Never losing heart in the doubles of the 1965 Davis Cup against the U.S., he rallied partner Luis Arilla as they stormed back to beat Dennis Ralston and Clark Graebner, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 11-9, in an emotional battle that clinched the decision. Cushions showered down on the two Spaniards as they were carried about the stadium court of the Real Club de Tennis in Barcelona in the manner of bullfighters. Santana and Arilla wept with joy at the most tremendous victory in Spanish tennis annals.

Less than a month later a similarly jubilant celebration was staged at Forest Hills after Santana jolted Cliff Drysdale in the U.S, final, 6-2, 79, 7-5, 6-1. A troupe of dancers from the World's Fair's Spanish Pavilion toted him from stadium to clubhouse, whereupon they serenaded him.

The following year was Santana's at Wimbledon, where he beat Ralston in the final, 6-4, 11-9, 6-4, and enthralled the gallery with his point and counterpoint thrusts.

His successes spurred the rapid development of tennis in Spain, where the sport was not much noticed prior to 1965, His protégé was Manuel Orantes, called Manolito (Little Manolo), who won the U.S. Championship at Forest Hills a decade after his own, though the surface had by then been transformed to clay.

Beginning in 1961, Santana was in the World Top Ten seven years, No. 1 in 1966. His career was virtually over when the open era arrived, but he did elate his countrymen by winning Barcelona in 1970, his last singles victory, where he defeated Rod Laver 6–4 6–3 6–4. He also captured the doubles title in Barcelona that year when he teamed with L. Hoad to defeat R. Laver/A. Gimeno 6–4 9–7 7–5.

At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Santana won the Gold Medal in Singles, tennis being only a demonstration sport as in 1984.

Santana came out of retirement briefly in 1973 to play his last season of Davis Cup, and again in 1974 to act as player-coach for New York in the new World Team Tennis League. He was named to the Hall of Fame in 1984, the second Spaniard, following Manuel Alonso.

Currently, he is the organizer of the Madrid Masters.

He manages the Manolo Santana Racquets club, a tennis club in Marbella, and the Sport Center Manolo Santana, in Madrid.

Grand Slam singles finals
Wins (4)
1961 French Championships Nicola Pietrangeli 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2
1964 French Championships (2) Nicola Pietrangeli 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 7–5
1965 U.S. Championships Cliff Drysdale 6–2, 7–9, 7–5, 6–1
1966 Wimbledon Championships Dennis Ralston 6–4, 11-9, 6–4

Santana Wimbledon champion:
[youtube]http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=gTP4_IxYo8U[/youtube]
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #65 on: June 21, 2008, 08:01:47 PM »
Omigod, how horrible I omited one of his French Open titles.  Thank you so much Conchita for bringing this wonderful trailblazer of Spanish tennis to attention for all of us.

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #66 on: June 21, 2008, 08:12:35 PM »
Santana has always told the press and the spanish players that he doesnt want to die not watching first another compatriot winning at SW19!

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Same history with Lili Alvarez, runner up at Wimbledon in 1926,1927,1928.

She said she dint want to die not watching a compatriot winning at Wimbledon.

In 1930 she won the singles title at the Italian Championships, an accomplishment that was not repeated by another female Spaniard for 63 years until Conchita Martínez won the Italian Open in 1993.

Finally she obtained her desire, 66 years later watching Conchita Martinez winning at Wimbledon in 1994.

When she congratulated Martinez both women started to cry, that was without any doubt one of the most memorable moments in Spanish tennis! Period.

Lili Alvarez died 4 years later in Madrid in 1998, she was 93 years old.
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #67 on: June 21, 2008, 08:15:50 PM »
Poor Lili Alvarez kept running into the unbeatable Helen Wills Moody, one of the greatest and most dominant players in history.

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2008, 08:21:04 PM »
Good information Conchita although I fear we've hi-jacked David's thread!  But since he's Spanish...maybe we can see a connection. ;-()

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2008, 08:35:56 PM »
Poor Lili Alvarez kept running into the unbeatable Helen Wills Moody, one of the greatest and most dominant players in history.
she lost the 1926 Wimbledon final to Kitty McKane Godfree, who inflicted that year the only defeat Wills suffered at Wimbledon during her career.
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2008, 08:36:48 PM »
Good information Conchita although I fear we've hi-jacked David's thread!  But since he's Spanish...maybe we can see a connection. ;-()
sadly I couldnt find pics of Ferru with the trophy in Holland! back to topic!  ;-()
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #71 on: June 21, 2008, 08:37:33 PM »
Good information Conchita although I fear we've hi-jacked David's thread!  But since he's Spanish...maybe we can see a connection. ;-()

That's OK by me. I've been reading all of this with intense interest   :book: . It's all Viva Espana    :rim shot: !

Conchita: Can you find a David Ferrer image to put up for decorative purposes. I've not worked out how to do it. Gracias.

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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #72 on: June 21, 2008, 08:43:04 PM »
Not a good picture...but:


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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #73 on: June 21, 2008, 08:45:46 PM »
of course Euroka!  :)

Ferrer with the trophy after defeating Gasquet of France in final match of Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo last year.


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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #74 on: June 21, 2008, 08:48:01 PM »
That really shows the no-nonsense business-like intensity that I so like in his game, Dallas.  :))
Nice ones from you, Conchita, as well. Is he kissing it or eating it? :rofl_2:

Edit: Going to bed now  :bye1: . I've been getting up much too early these last mornings  :ZZZZZ)  :::O . No tennis tomorrow. It will be a vacuum. Maybe I should work on some meeting minutes that have been waiting attention  :mad1:.
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #75 on: June 21, 2008, 08:55:04 PM »
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #77 on: June 21, 2008, 09:29:44 PM »
David Ferrer, when he was 11 years old


This is David favorite private pic, with his grandfather:


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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #78 on: June 22, 2008, 04:33:35 AM »

Nice pics, conchita. Thanks  :))
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Re: Credit and a Cheer for David Ferrer
« Reply #79 on: June 22, 2008, 04:46:09 AM »
Very good title win for Ferrer this week :applause: Congrats also to the many Ferrer fans building up here  :) First title on grass and the win over Ancic are huge achievements and now I'm intrigued to see how well he goes at Wimbledon. Strange how we wait something like 36 years for a grasscourt title for a Spanish male and then 2 come along in a week and a third was just a few points away in Verdasco  :))
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