Second 'Cuban Five' agent released from prison in United States

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez, one of the "Cuban Five" group of intelligence agents, was released Thursday from a U.S. prison, the Bureau of Prisons said.

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BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Physicists and archaeologists are at odds over the use in contemporary experiments in particle physics of lead recovered from ancient shipwrecks.

Top two seeds in Buenos Aires semifinals

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Nicolas Almagro inched closer to a second championship in as many weeks Friday by earning a semifinal berth in the Copa Claro.

Almagro seeks second straight title

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro breezed into the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro Thursday, keeping him in the running for a second consecutive championship.

Ferrer coasts into Buenos Aires quarters

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed David Ferrer easily reached the quarterfinals Wednesday at the Copa Claro clay-court tournament.

Top-seeded Monaco breezes in Chile

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina had little trouble advancing at the VTR Open Wednesday, dominating Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match.

Chile's Gonzalez advances at Vina del Mar

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez began his quest for a fifth Vina del Mar, Chile, title Tuesday with a win over Pere Riba in opening-round action at the VTR Open.

Gulbis ousts No. 5 seed at Farmers Classic

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Gonzalez, Hewitt bounced in Barcelona

Gonzalez, Hewitt bounced in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, April 21 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez and No. 12-seeded Lleyton Hewitt were upset victims Wednesday in second-round play of the $2.1 million Barcelona Open in Spain.

Querrey reaches clay-court semifinals

HOUSTON, April 10 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Sam Querrey moved into the semifinals Friday at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.

No. 1 seed wins in U.S. Clay Court

HOUSTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Top-seed Fernando Gonzalez and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals Thursday at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Sela wins in U.S. Clay Court

HOUSTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Dudi Sela recorded a straight-set victory Monday on a day of limited action and reached the second-round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
Gonzalez locks up Chile's Davis Cup win

Gonzalez locks up Chile's Davis Cup win

COQUIMBO, Chile, March 8 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez was a straight-set winner Monday, clinching a first-round Davis Cup victory for Chile over Israel.

Gonzalez, Massu notch wins for Chile

COQUIMBO, Chile, March 6 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu each notched come-from-behind victories Saturday to lift host Chile to a 2-0 lead over Israel in Davis Cup action.
Gonzalez, Massu vs. Israel in Davis Cup

Gonzalez, Massu vs. Israel in Davis Cup

COQUIMBO, Chile, March 5 (UPI) -- World No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez leads Chile into its delayed first-round Davis Cup series against Israel.
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Fernando Gonzalez
Chilean Fernando Gonzalez returns the ball in his match against South African Rik De Voest on the fourth day of the 125th Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon,England on Thursday, June 23, 2011. UPI/Hugo Philpott

Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi (born July 29, 1980) is a professional tennis player from Chile. He is known for having one of the hardest hitting forehands on the circuit. In Spanish he is called El bombardero de La Reina ("The La Reina bomber") and Mano de Piedra ("Stone Hand"). The English-language media has labeled him "Gonzo."

González is one of the few active players to have reached at least the quarter-final round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He played his first major final at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to top-ranked Roger Federer. He is the fourth male tennis player in history to have won each Olympic medal (gold in doubles and bronze in singles at Athens 2004, and silver in singles at Beijing 2008). Throughout his career, he has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot), Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Pete Sampras. González has qualified twice for the year-end Masters Cup event and was runner-up at two Masters Series tournaments. He is arguably known as Chile's best tennis player of the 2000s.

At age four, González spent his time playing both soccer and tennis. His father, who was an amateur tennis player since his 20s, was able to convince his son to opt for tennis over soccer. He began playing tennis at the age of six. He moved in with his family to the La Reina commune in eastern Santiago, where he practiced with his coach Claudio González (no relation) at the Club La Reina, three times a week.

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