Gonzalez back in tennis Top 10

Gonzalez back in tennis Top 10

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- Chilean Fernando Gonzalez's advancement to the Mexican Open semifinals returned him to the men's world tennis Top 10 in rankings released Monday.

Verdasco, Gonzalez win at Acapulco

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Top seed Fernando Verdasco, second-seeded Fernando Gonzalez and third-seeded David Ferrer were winners Wednesday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament.

Gonzalez, Monaco reach Chile semifinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Monaco, the tournament's top two seeds, reached the semifinals Friday at the Movistar Open.

Second and third seeds advance in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Juan Monaco defeated Juan Ignacio Chela Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open.

Gonzalez coasts into Chile quarterfinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Fernando Gonzalez reached the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Top-seeded Gonzalez cruises at Movistar

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, the No. 1 seed, drilled his first-round opponent Tuesday in the $450,000 Movistar Open tennis event in Santiago, Chile.
Cilic ousts del Potro at Australian Open

Cilic ousts del Potro at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Marin Cilic, surviving yet another marathon match, claimed a five-set victory Sunday over No. 4-seeded Juan Martin del Potro at the Australian Open.

Lower sentences for two Cuban spies

MIAMI, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A federal judge reduced the sentence for a convicted Cuban spy Tuesday from life in prison to 30 years.

Gonzalez, Safin reach Shanghai 2nd round

SHANGHAI, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and Marat Safin of Russia were among Monday's opening-round winners at the $5.25 million Shanghai ATP Masters.

Davydenko, Verdasco win Malaysia semis

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- No. 1 Nikolay Davydenko and second-seeded Fernando Verdasco won Saturday's semifinals at the Malaysian Open tennis tournament at Kuala Lumpur.
Davydenko makes Malaysian Open semis

Davydenko makes Malaysian Open semis

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- No. 1-seeded Nikolay Davydenko was among the four top seeds at the $945,750 Malaysian Open who claimed straight-set quarterfinal victories Friday.

Nadal moves into U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- It took three days but third-seeded Rafael Nadal Saturday finally reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in New York, beating Fernando Gonzalez.

Women's U.S. Open semis postponed

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Daylong rains Friday forced the postponement of the scheduled women's semifinals at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Nadal-Gonzalez U.S. Open match rained out

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The completion of the match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez at the U.S. Open was postponed Friday by New York's daylong rains.

Roddick reaches Washington semifinals

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick survived two tiebreaks Friday to reach the semifinals at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.
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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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