Marcos Daniel

Marcos Diniz Daniel ( born July 4, 1978 in Passo Fundo ) is a former Brazilian tennis player.

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Life and career

Marcos Daniel began at the age of five years, to play in the tennis academy of his older brother, Márcio tennis. In 1994 he recorded for the first time in an international tournament the Junior Tour part, and won several tournaments and climb in the junior world ranking up to rank 20 in the next two years.

In 1995 he took a wild card for the first time in Brasília at a Challenger tournament in adult sizes in part, and was able to gain first world ranking points in the following months to Satellite tournaments. Until the end of 1996 Daniel had moved, among other things because of a Satellite - title in the Top 400 of the world tennis rankings, and settled for a career as a professional tennis player.

In August 1997, he arrived in Belo Horizonte for the first time a challenger semifinal. In 1998, he played increasingly Futures tournaments and reached two finals there. 1999 followed by two more Futures finals, but he was able to win his first title in November 1999. In 2000, he had no title, but he was able to win in 2001 the same two futures titles, and also reached in October 2001 in Lima his first Challenger final. On the way he had with Agustín Calleri defeated a top 100 players for the first time. He himself was now in the top 200 in the world rankings.

In early 2002 attempted Marcos Daniel at the Australian Open for the first time, to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament, but fail in the second qualifying round. Only a month later, he succeeded in Viña del Mar for the first time qualifying for an ATP tournament, but he lost in the first round against Nicolas Coutelot. Later in the year he was qualified for no other ATP tournament more; on Challenger level he reached the quarter-finals of four tournaments.

At the Australian Open 2003 Marcos Daniel succeeded then the first time qualifying for a Grand Slam tournament, but he left in the first round in five sets against Wayne Arthurs, after he had already led 2-0 sentences. Also in Viña del Mar, he was able to qualify again and win against Fernando Meligeni his first ATP match before he retired against Félix Mantilla. After winning in the first half of two futures titles and reached the semi-finals at two Challenger tournaments, Marcos Daniel finally won his first Challenger title in September 2003 in Gramado by beating José de Armas. He also won along with Alexandre Simoni also the doubles title, this was already her second common title this season. In the world ranking he achieved his best result so far with rank 152. A week later he got a wild card for the ATP tournament in Costa do Sauipe, but retired in the first round against Flávio Saretta from.

The 2004 season began less successful: Marcos Daniel missed qualifying for the Australian Open, and even in his Davis Cup debut, he lost his match in five sets, and thus could not prevent the defeat of Brazil 2:3 Paraguay. Later in the year he was able to win three Futures tournaments in a row, in Challenger tournaments, he reached the semi-finals only once, and therefore fell back to the end of the season to rank 267.

However, the year 2005 was more successful for Marcos Daniel: After two Challenger semi-final in the first few months he was able to qualify in May 2005 for the French Open, but in the first round had no chance against the set at position 18 Mario Ančić. In July 2005, Daniel won in Bogotá against Jean -Julien Rojer his second Challenger title. In September 2005 he reached Seville in another Challenger Finals, and was therefore well positioned in the world rankings, that he was directly qualified for the ATP tournament in Bangkok. There he met the world number one Roger Federer, he lost to in two short sentences. The following weeks were the most successful of his career: After a final defeat at the Challenger tournament in Quito Marcos Daniel could consecutively win the tournaments in Bogota, Guayaquil, and managed by it to move into the top 100 in the world rankings.

Through his world ranking Marcos Daniel was in many ATP tournaments qualified 2006 directly. However, he resigned in a total of 12 tournaments, including all four Grand Slam tournaments in the first round. Only in Acapulco he could reach the quarter-finals in February 2006, when he defeated, among others, the Olympic champion in 2004, Nicolás Massú. Another success was his victory over former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Pörtschach in May 2006. Having temporarily achieved with rank 80 had hitherto been his best world ranking, he fell back to the end of the year up to rank 165.

In 2007 he therefore had to play again on the Challenger tour, and could reach a total of four finals, of which he won one in Bogotá there. This was his third individual title now in the Colombian capital, but it should not be the last. In addition, he qualified during the year for two ATP tournaments, but both in Costa do Sauipe, as well as at the French Open retired Daniel in the first round.

The year 2008 began with three Erstrundenniederlagen at ATP tournaments, followed by the now fourth Challenger title in Bogota. In April 2008, Daniel reached Naples in another Challenger final, then he led Brazil with his first two singles wins in Davis Cup in a 4-1 victory over Colombia, before he then again a week later in Houston for the second time in his career a ATP quarter -finals. Thus he was now back in the top 100 in the world rankings, and thus directly qualified for the French Open. There he met in the first round to the set at position 23 former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was forced to retire in the second set due to a leg injury. Marcos Daniel stood thus for the first time in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, but lost in a tight five- set match against Jürgen Melzer. Also in double he reached to the side of Jim Thomas the second round, where they did against the eventual finalists Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. The following months were less successful; only two ATP tournaments Daniel was able to reach the second round. At Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and at the Olympic Games in Beijing, he was eliminated in the first round each. In September 2008, Daniel won the Challenger title number 7 and 8 of his career; the first in Cali and the second in Bogotá. Thus he rose in the world ranking up to rank 61, had hitherto been his best position.

Marcos Daniel retired in early 2009 at the Australian Open as well as in Viña del Mar and Acapulco in the first round. In March 2009 he won the Challenger tournament in Marrakech, in May 2009, followed the next title in Zagreb. A week earlier he had in his career reached in Belgrade for the third time an ATP quarterfinal. At the French Open 2009 Daniel had to go through the qualification, but this he succeeded successfully, and so he met in the first round on the world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal. In a tight match he lost as expected against the favorite. In July 2009, Marcos Daniel won the Challenger tournament in Bogotá again. This was his sixth title now in Bogotá, he also won here two doubles titles. Just two weeks later in Gstaad him his best result was achieved in an ATP tournament: With Paul -Henri Mathieu, Julien Benneteau and Florent Serra, he defeated three French one behind the other, before he could be stopped only in the semifinals of Andreas Beck. In the world rankings, he reached rank 56 then with his best-ever placing.

It took until February 2010 to Marcos Daniel back to win a match in Buenos Aires. In April 2010 he won in Blumenau now its twelfth Challenger title, but could not prevent it from falling back out of the Top 100 out and up to rank 153 in the world rankings. In the rest of the season he reached yet another Challenger final, it could also in London's Queen's Club against Blaž Kavčič first win an ATP match on grass. End of October 2010 started Marcos Daniel then a series of victories: he won successively the tournaments of São Paulo and Medellín, and could only be stopped in the quarterfinals of Guayaquil. This led him back into the top 100 again

In January 2011, Marcos Daniel met at the Australian Open as two years ago at the French Open in the first round to world number one Rafael Nadal, against whom he had a chance to retire with a knee injury after a three-quarter hour.