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Martin Verkerk retires from men's tennis

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Dutchman Martin Verkerk, a surprise semifinalist at the 2003 French Open, announced his retirement from professional tennis on Wednesday.
Ljuicic among early Ordina winners

Ljuicic among early Ordina winners

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 16 (UPI) -- Ivan Ljubicic opened defense of his Ordina Open championship with a first-round victory Monday at the tennis tournament in the Netherlands.
Davydenko sharp in Austrian opener

Davydenko sharp in Austrian opener

PORTSCHACH, Austria, May 19 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko dropped just two games en route to a first-round victory Monday at the Hypo Group International tennis tournament in Austria.

Davydenko, Hewitt advance at Hydro Group

PORTSCHACH, Austria, May 22 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Nikolay Davydenko and former world No. 1 Australian Lleyton Hewitt were winners Tuesday at the Hydo Group International.

Ferrero and Canas winners at Italian Open

ROME, May 7 (UPI) -- Former world No. 1 Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero and Argentine Guillermo Canas were among first-round winners Monday at the Italian Masters.

Verkerk wins title in Amersfoort

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, July 18 (UPI) -- Dutchman Martin Verkerk beat second-seeded Fernando Gonzalez in three sets Sunday to win the Priority Telecom Open championship.

Gonzalez, Verkerk in Dutch Open final

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, July 17 (UPI) -- Chilean Fernando Gonzalez and Dutchman Martin Verkerk meet Sunday at The Priority Telecom Open after posting semifinal wins Saturday.

Defending champ Massu reaches semifinals

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, July 16 (UPI) -- Defending champion Nicolas Massu of Chile reached the semifinals in the Priority Telecom Open in the Netherlands Friday.

Massu makes quarterfinals in Dutch event

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, July 15 (UPI) -- Nicolas Massu of Chile beat home favorite Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands at the Priority Telecom Open Thursday.

Coria advances in Ordina Open

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 17 (UPI) -- Top seed Guillermo Coria of Argentina reached the quarterfinals of the Ordina Open in the Netherlands Thursday.

Federer wins in first round in Germany

HALLE, Germany, June 8 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland began defense of his Gerry Weber Open title Tuesday by beating Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 6-2.

Australia, Argentina advance in World Team

DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 19 (UPI) -- Australia and Argentina advanced to the finals of the Blue Group at the ATP World Team Championships Wednesday.

Federer beats Hewitt in Hamburg semifinals

HAMBURG, Germany, May 15 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 6-4, in 60 minutes Saturday in the seminals of the $2,9 million Masters Series Hamburg.

Federer wins, five seeds fall at Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany, May 11 (UPI) -- Roger Federer got past Gaston Gaudio, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the $2.9 million Masters Series Hamburg.

Federer advances, Roddick ousted in Rome

ROME, May 4 (UPI) -- Top seed Roger Federer won but No. 2 Andy Roddick of the United States was eliminated Tuesday in the first round of the Italian Open.
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Infobox last updated on: 31 May 2007.

Martin Willem Verkerk (born 31 October 1978 in Leiderdorp, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch tennis player. As a relatively unknown player, he had a brilliant run at the French Open in 2003, reaching the final before losing to Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. Along the way, he beat experienced clay court players Carlos Moyà and Guillermo Coria.

Verkerk's game is based on booming serves and big backhands. His unexpected run at the French Open as an underdog and expressive on-court antics made him very popular in the Netherlands. The final round was watched by even more households in the Netherlands than when countrymate Richard Krajicek won Wimbledon. However, Verkerk has not reproduced similar results since then, never reaching past the third round in subsequent Grand Slams.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Martin Verkerk."
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