6. Mark Rosset
Marc Rosset, born November 7, 1970 in Geneva, is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland.
His record is rich with 15 singles titles and 8 doubles and an Olympic gold medal. He obtained his rank for doubles in September 1995 with a 9th place. He was also captain of the Swiss Davis Cup team from 2002 to 2005.
Marc Rosset was an atypical player on the ATP circuit. Due to its physical, his game, his character and results series of occurrences shots bursts and cons-performance.
Thanks to its large size – it measures 2.01 m – Rosset has a powerful serve. This blow was with his forehand, bases his game on this move to the attack.
Rosset best season was 1992. During the latter, he won including the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in singles, doubles French Open (with Jakob Hlasek) and finalist in the Davis Cup with Switzerland (3-1 defeat against the United States). Marc Rosset reached in 1994 in the wake of his victory at the Open de Lyon the final of the Open de Paris Bercy, beating Boris Becker and Michael Chang in the quarterfinals before half logically yield to Andre Agassi in the final. 1996 is marked by Rosset’s the first semi-final in Grand Slam at Roland Garros which he managed to win. On leaving the court, he offers his racket to Jean-Paul Belmondo. Marc cedes half face Michael Stich and misses his only chance to win a Grand Slam. He could face Kafelnikov in the final against whom he was leading 5-1 in their confrontation.
Rosset is known for his outspokenness and his whole character that has not always pleased the journalists qualifièrent him a “big mouth”. This character plays a few tricks as in the third game of the final of the Hopman Cup 1996 mixed doubles with Martina Hingis against Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli. At 6-3, 6-7, 5-4, they miss four match points on Goran service including a contentious one line. Then he breaks wrist hitting an advertising tarpaulin with rage, he must then give up and can not participate in the Australian Open.
In 2000, at the Open 13 in Marseille, he beat his compatriot Roger Federer playing his first final. Federer says he thought he had missed his only chance to win a title he ultimately gained way more.
Rosset has officially ended his career in October 2005 following the Basel tournament after his difficult last five seasons. He won 15 singles titles (obtained on all different surfaces and three decades) and 8 doubles titles. He figured for 12 consecutive years (1989-2000) among the 100 best players in the world. Since the end of his career, Rosset has not remained idle. It is particularly co-owner of an Italian restaurant and it has his own tennis academy, all at Geneva. He is also consultant occasionally on Swiss TV and Radio on some co-organizes the tournaments Geneva Open Challenger with Daniel Perroud promoter.
5. Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson (born May 18, 1986 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a tall (2.03 m) South African tennis player. He won his first professional tournament in F1 Future of Botswana in 2004. He was formed in the United States where he competed for the University of Illinois being NCAA champion in doubles. In 2007 he won his first challenger tournament in New Orleans.
In 2008 he caused a stir in his second ATP tournament at the Tournament in Las Vegas. Occupying the Nº175 position of the world ranking, he defeated in the first round 6th seed and world Nº37, Michael Llodra. Then came three consecutive wins against higher ranked players and ATP level used to settle in the tournament finals, losing to American Sam Querrey. In 2011 the South Africa Open played as Head 4th. In first round he defeats Stephane Bohli by 4-6,6-4,6-2, in the second round he defeats the Israeli Dudi Sela in 6-4,6-2, in the quarterfinals beat Karol Beck 6-3 , 6-1 in the semifinals beats head, Adrian Mannarino, by 6-7,6-0,6-4 and the Final overcomes the Indian Somdev Devvarman by 4-6,6-3, 6-2, devoting champion and ATP Johannesburg.
In 2012, he played the tournament of Delray Beach. As the No. 7 seed in first round qualifier Austin Krajicek defeated in the second round he beat 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse. He defeat No. 6-seeded and former quarters of the world No.1 Andy Roddick in the semifinals and beats world No. 11 and seeded No. 1, John Isner. In his third ATP final, he won against qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-6 (2), devoting champion of Tournament Delray Beach.
In 2013 he participates in two Grand Slam, in the Australia Open, and Roland Garros, reaching in both the fourth round (being eliminated by two Top 10, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer respectively), and obtaining the best results in a Grand Slam . He repeated his arrival in fourth round at the 2014 Australia Open.
4. Dick Norman
Dick Norman, born 1 March 1971 in Waregem, is a Belgian tennis player, professional between 1991 and 2013. He has a height of 2.03m in his advantage.
Dick Norman began his professional career in 1992 at the ATP tournament in Taipei where he lost in the first round against Andrei Olhovskiy. The same year he reached the first round of the Challenger tournament in Poznań.
In 1994, Dick Norman focuses on the Challenger tournaments. Early in the season, he made good performances, reaching twice the semi-final stage in Jerusalem and then to Annenheim. At year end, he fails in the quarterfinals in Perth.
1995 was the year of his revelation. Unknown to the general public, it is a dream Belgium at Wimbledon. Drafted as a lucky-loser, it benefits from the abandonment of Pat Cash after the first set to reach the second round and face Stefan Edberg, a formidable opponent, but then on the downslope. Norman caused a sensation by winning in three short rounds. He then removed Todd Woodbridge before facing Boris Becker in the fourth round. It achieves a good first set, offering even a ball first set. It fails to materialize and fought in three sets. By cons, he won his first Challenger title in Newcastle, has the final argument in Garmisch and the semifinals in Bombay, and debuted in the Davis Cup by winning his two singles matches in Norway.
He smiles again in 1997, with a place in the quarterfinals in Antwerp and a third round at Roland Garros as he left each time qualifying. In Germany he adds two Challenger titles to his name, in Dresden and in Neumunster. It also disputes two quarter-finals, in Manchester and Brest.
In early 2001, ambitious, he tries to qualify for the tournament in Doha and the Australian Open. In vain. He puts the cap on Challenger tournaments, where he reached the final at the outset Lubeck. He then wins in Antwerp and the semifinals in Geneva and quarters in Birmingham.
In 2002 he won four titles in Challenger tournaments, he reached the final in Wolfsburg, the semifinals in Andrezieux and Lubeck and the quarterfinals in Aachen. In the process, he finally managed to qualify for the US Open and made it into the top 100 worldwide. At the US Open, it goes back a handicap of two sets to Bohdan Ulihrach to qualify for the 2nd round.
With the exception of quarter-finals in Mexico, the 2004 early season Norman is calamitous. Almost unable to go beyond the second round, even in the Challenger, he fails in qualifying at Roland Garros as Wimbledon. The summer is not much better, with the exception of qualification for the Cincinnati Masters, he lost almost all his matches, and tilts up front in qualifying of the US Open. Norman saved his season on the line, winning the latest Challenger calendar in Ischgl, Austria.
The start of the 2006 season was marked by a first for Dick Norman: he finally reached the second round of the Australian Open. Dick Norman takes time to digest this marathon and loses his next 5 games. He revives the success in Cherbourg where he reached the quarterfinals. He then leaves for Mexico where he often shows high performance. 2006 is no exception to the rule since it reached a final, two half and a quarter-final. At Roland Garros, he reached the second round where he loses to Monfils.
In 2013, he announced his retirement after his participation in Rosmalen tournament in doubles with his compatriot David Goffin, eighty years of his cadet.