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Guillermo Coria


Guillermo Sebastian Coria , nicknames include El Mago (The Magician in Spanish) and El Chino (The Chinese in Spanish), is a retired professional tennis player from Argentina who is best remembered for reaching and losing a heartbreaker in the 2004 French Open final. He was named after tennis champion and fellow countryman Guillermo Vilas.

As a junior, Coria won the boy's singles title at the 1999 French Open by beating his friend and fellow Argentine, David Nalbandian, 6-4, 6-3 in the final. One month later at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, Coria and Nalbandian teamed up to win the boy's doubles title by beating Todor Enev and Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-4.

Coria turned professional in 2000, finishing 2003, 2004 and 2005 as a top ten player. He was one of the fastest players on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour, consistently showing great performances in clay courts tournaments. His playing style was that of a counter-puncher.

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